Tag: Mount Rainier National Park

Day 1: Northside Figure 8, Mount Rainier

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Sunrise Trailhead to Berkeley Park, 3.6 miles

We are starting the Northside Figure 8 from the Sunrise Visitor Center today in the northeastern corner of Mount Rainier, but we wake up far away in our front-country campsite at Cougar Rock just before dawn. We are in the southern portion of the park and are eager to photograph the views at Reflection Lakes during Golden Hour and then do a little bit of hiking at Paradise before heading north.¬† (more…)

Wonderland Trail News You Can Use!

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Hello all!¬†We know it has been a while since our last post, and we apologize for the long period of silence. It‚Äôs been a very busy school year for us, and we’ve had to put this here blog on the back burner for a while. We know that’s¬†a totally lame excuse,¬†but we have been diligently¬†working on some posts from our trip to Peru last summer. We promise to start publishing those posts soon, but, before we do, we have some very exciting news to share with anyone who is still out there. So here goes… (more…)

Exploring the Natural Wonders of the Evergreen State

Iron Creek Falls, Mount St. Helens

For those of you needing¬†a quick brush up on your state trivia, the¬†nickname of Washington is the Evergreen State. While I am fairly confident¬†that the moniker was intended to honor¬†the abundant¬†amounts of evergreen trees found in the state’s natural areas, sometimes I’m not so sure.¬†Could it be that¬†the forefathers of that great state¬†had me in mind when the epithet was chosen?

You see, although I love spending time in Washington state, I have to admit that deep inside I am crazy jealous whenever I am there. Washington is a dream come true for any¬†nature-loving, photograph-taking, outdoor-seeking person, and¬†being there makes me¬†‚Äúever-green with envy.” Do Washingtonians realize how fortunate¬†they are to live in such a beautiful place? Is it really fair for one state to have so¬†much?

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The Wonderland Diaries: The West Side Wander

The West Side Wander

The Wonderland Trail on Mount Rainier’s west side has a lot to offer the intrepid¬†backpackers who¬†venture here. This section of the trail is not easily accessed by road, ¬†so few¬†day hikers¬†reach¬†this quiet¬†corner of paradise. A couple of monster ascents through old growth forest will have¬†you huffing and puffing, and¬†the stunning¬†views of the mountain from¬†Klapatche Park and Emerald Ridge will take your breath away. St. Andrew’s Lake offers¬†a picture-perfect chance to cool off in ice-cold waters while a couple of dramatic river crossings are sure to get your adrenaline flowing. If you’re lucky, you might¬†catch a gorgeous sunset from above the tranquil Golden Lakes. Wildflowers abound as you stroll through Indian Henry’s old hunting grounds on your way to your next cache and a well-deserved hot meal at Longmire.
A wander down the west side is well worth your while! (more…)

A Guide to Backpacking the Wonderland Trail

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Mirror, mirror, on the wall,
which face of Mount Rainier
is the most fabulous of all?

If you really want to know the answer to this question, of course, you’ll have to discover it¬†for yourself. And there’s no better way to do that than by backpacking¬†Washington’s iconic Wonderland Trail.¬†This 93-mile loop circumnavigates¬†the entire mountain, giving you a non-stop parade of¬†jaw-dropping alpine scenery, all with the mighty 14,410 foot glaciated peak of Mount Rainier as¬†the¬†backdrop. What more could you ask for? (more…)