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Emmons Moraine Trail Via The Glacier Basin Trail

Mon Oct 10, 2011

A fabulous Fall hike for all ages, and still easily accessible from the White River Campground—halfway up the Sunrise Road.

Mt. Rainier National Park and over 400 volunteers invested upwards of 18,000 hours rebuilding this trail, after it was ravaged in the 2006 flood.  Now the Emmons Moraine trail is a relatively easy 3-mile roundtrip hike to great views of the snout of the Emmons Glacier (the largest glacier in the lower 48 states) and Mt. Rainier. 

The road to the White River Campground will be open until October 30 this year (weather permitting).  Just park in the Day… Read Full Story

Noble Knob Trail

Tue Oct 04, 2011

This is a great Fall hike for huckleberries, wonderful Fall colors and incredible views of Mt. Rainier!  It’s one of our favorite trails, and one to which we often escape on our days off.

You can actually hike to this trail from Alta Crystal Resort via the Deep Creek Trail (right behind the resort) but the trail is steep (lots of switchbacks) and it about 6 miles each way.

Most guests prefer to drive up the (rough) Corral Pass road, the next Forest Service road up from us.  The road is 6 miles each way on a gravel road that… Read Full Story

Naches Peak Loop:  September 3, 2011

Sun Sep 04, 2011

We had heard rumors that the wildflowers were incredible on the eastern side of this loop trail, so we grabbed the dogs and headed up to Chinook Pass.  Wow!  We’ve hiked this trail many times before and we’ve never seen it more beautiful.

Since we didn’t have a lot of time, we decided that we’d just hike the first mile to a gorgeous tarn (temporary mountain lake) where the dogs could take a quick dip.  Surprisingly, although there were a lot of cars in the parking lots, the trail felt uncrowded and peaceful.  And the flowers!  Fields of beargrass, lupine… Read Full Story