Blog Archives

Mount Rainier National Park For A Casual Visitor

IMG_3759

If you are from Seattle or have ever visited Seattle, Mt. Rainier needs no introduction. As you land, you can’t miss the towering snowcapped mountain even on a partly cloudy day. On a sunny day, even the pilot will announce that Mt. Rainier is out and you will feel bad that you are in the aisle seat while the guy in the window seat is hogging the entire view without letting you get even a peek.

IMG_2899

Don’t worry, on a clear day Mt. Rainier is visible from almost anywhere in Seattle. And if you do see Mt. Rainier do make it a point to visit the Mt. Rainier National Park. A couple of hours drive south-west of Seattle, this mountain dominates the horizon. And we have visited Rainier in every season possible sometimes camping in the summer, staying in log cabin in fall or skiing in winter. The park has numerous entrances with Paradise and Sunrise being the two most popular entrances.

There is something for everyone here: Short walks in subalpine meadows, wildflowers in July , glaciers, hike to Camp Muir for the more adventurous, waterfalls, reflection lakes, camping and even a technical climb to the top.

This post is all about casual visitor and top things to do in the national park when you want to drive into the park and enjoy it without thinking about gear, training and other technicalities -which is what we did on most trips!

1.  Take a subalpine walk amongst the meadows(both  from Sunrise and Paradise)

IMG_3758

IMG_3729

2. Look for rainbows around the thundering waterfalls

P1010012

3.  Enjoy Mt Rainier’s reflection at Reflection Lake

P1010024

4.   Watch sunrise over Mt Rainier

IMG_3741

IMG_3756

5.  Admire the glacier

P1010133

Do plan a trip this Summer once the roads to Paradise are open.Its bound to mesmerize you and make you come back over and over again!

Advertisements

Sunrise at Havelock Island

%d bloggers like this: