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Click here to visit our Facebook page for the most up-to-date information on conditions and hikes we’ve taken.  You can also look at tons of pictures of our adventures! 

Summerland Trail on August 9th—flowers, views, marmots and more!

Sat Aug 13, 2011

We’re not sure we’ve ever seen Summerland looking more beautiful!  This is a fabulous hike for anyone looking for flower-filled meadows, incredible views and marmots practicing their boxing skills. 

We started out early on Friday morning, August 12th.  The dense old-growth forest gave way in about 2 miles to a narrow canyon on Fryingpan Creek, the perfect photo opportunity.  We started to see some peak-a-boo views of Mt. Rainier as the terrain transitioned from old-growth to subalpine at around 3 miles.  At about 4 miles, we reached the beginning of the meadows of Summerland—with flowers that were thigh-high in… Read Full Story

Wildflowers, views and snow-free trails at Sunrise!

Mon Aug 01, 2011

Summer has arrived.  It’s really that simple!  The Sunrise area is now a hiker’s delight, no matter what your age!

In the past 10 days, our guests have been exploring further and further afield and we get new reports of great trails every day!  Everyone is coming back with great stories to share—about wildflowers photographed, animals seen and incredible shots of Mt. Rainier.  There really isn’t a better time to visit up here!

We decided to take a quick hike on the Shadow Lake Trail on July 30th just so we could compare conditions with a short 9 days prior—and… Read Full Story

More Signs of Summer at Sunrise!

Thu Jul 21, 2011

The winter’s record snow will soon be a distant memory, as the trails throughout the Sunrise area of Mt. Rainier National Park continue to melt out!

We decided to go for a hike and check out updated conditions yesterday, July 20.  So many changes!  It’s now very easy to hike the short distance to the Emmons Vista viewpoint, with incredible views of the mountain.  In fact, we know many guests who have taken pictures for holiday cards here!

We continued on the Sunrise Rim trail towards Shadow Lake and found a trail that was at least 50% melted out.  The… Read Full Story