Our first glimpse of the magnificent mountain was from a ferry when we traveled by car from Olympic park to Seattle. Although the mountain peak is about 100 km from Seattle, it towers everything in sight, even from the Space Needle - another landmark in Washingtonian state.
|View of Mt Rainier from a ferry|
|View of Rainier from Space Needle|
It was blue sky with white cloud again when we were ready for more hikes and more views of Mt Rainier. We first took on the Sunrise Nature Trail through snow covered subalpine meadows for breathtaking views of Mount Rainier and the Cascades Range. Follow the Sunrise Nature Trail to the ridgetop to frozen lake, then head west on the Sourdough Ridge Trail to first Burroughs Mountain trail to reach the tundra - close to the foot of the summit - reach elevation around 7000 ft. The surrounding mountains were below our feet! The Emmons glacier was right in front our eyes.
|Mt Rainier viewed from east|
|on the frozen lake trail|
|Emmons Glacier (left hand side)|
Until after dinner at National Inn's restaurant at Longmire, the cloud broke just a bit. Mt Rainier revealed itself behind the veil of clouds
|Veil of Clouds for Mt Rainier|
|View of Mt Rainier from Longmire Suspension bridge|
An active volcano, the most glaciated peak in the contiguous U.S.A, Mt Rainier is an icon on the horizon, a great wilderness.
1. Best time to visit Mt Rainier would be mid July to August (we were a bit early - but luck out weather wise)
2. Best lodging would be at Paradise Inn where we stayed. Sunrise Lodge has limited rooms, but would be great to stay there for a night to watch sunrise.
3. It would be great to camp inside the park
4. There are much more in the park other than the Mt Rainier - water falls, glacier lakes, meadows, flowers, birds and wild life.