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Wonderland Trail from White River Campground to Sunrise

Tue Jun 21, 2011

We were up at the White River Campground a few weeks ago with our nephew who was visiting from out-of-town and thought, at that time, that we might hike the Wonderland Trail up to Sunrise.  A little too much snow to do it then, but we had seen a lot of melting in 2 weeks, so on Father’s Day, we decided it would be a fun adventure to try again.

What a difference 2 weeks make!  There was virtually no snow at the White River Campground (!!) and the Park had done a nice job marking the Wonderland Trail so… Read Full Story

Grove of the Patriarchs.

Sat Jun 04, 2011

While we were at Silver Falls (see the blog article in this section), we decided to check out the Grove of the Patriarchs—always one of our favorite hikes. 

To many, the Grove of the Patriachs is almost a sacred place, and on a cloudy day, entering the Grove feels almost like entering a cathedral.  It’s hard to comprehend that these trees were around when the Magna Carta was being signed.  To others, the Grove of the Patriarchs is simply a wonderful short (1/2 mile each way) hike that’s good for all ages. Regardless of which camp you fall in,… Read Full Story

Silver Falls Hike in Mt. Rainier National Park

Saturday, June 4, 2011 is the day summer officially arrived in the Pacific Northwest.  At least, that’s the way we see it! 

Our nephew was visiting from Texas, so we decided to take him on one of our favorite hikes in the Ohanapecosh area of the Park (about 20-25 minutes south of here).  When we arrived at the trailhead, the car thermometer registered a comfortable 75 degrees, making it a perfect day to explore. 

Silver Falls is the largest volume waterfall in Mt. Rainier National Park and, like all the waterfalls out here this time of year, it’s… Read Full Story