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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! 

Gorgeous Views and Wildflowers on Shriner Peak

Wed Aug 01, 2012

Shriner Peak is a trail most people miss on their visit to Mt. Rainier National Park.  The total trail is 8.4 miles roundtrip with 3400 feet elevation gain—so it’s steep!  So why take it on?  Well, right now, there are gorgeous flowers, served up with incredible views of Mt. Rainier and views of a lake far below that’s the summer home to a large group of elk.  Shriner Peak itself boasts a 70 year old brown lookout tower that’s rarely staffed these days, but you can still climb up on the balcony for panoramic views that will take your breath… Read Full Story

Grand Park is full of wildflowers!

Tue Jul 24, 2012

Thanks to our friends at Visit Rainier for sharing these incredible photos from Grand Park.  So many visitors miss this part of the Park because it’s a long-ish hike—but if you’re an intrepid hiker, now is a great time to go!

Click here to look at all the photos from this hike.  Pretty incredible!

Ready to go?  Click here for directions.  We especially like the route that starts off Forest Service Road 73 (very close to us) as it’s shorter and Lake Eleanor is pretty wonderful.


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Sheep Lake July 14, 2012

Sun Jul 15, 2012

A great hike for early season wildflowers.

We decided to head up to the Sheep Lake hike yesterday with our dogs to check for early season wildflowers.  This is a great hike, about 2 miles each way, and the wildflowers usually are among the earliest in this area. 

Well, we found lots and lots of flowers!  They’ll probably be at their peak in the next couple of weeks, so it’s a great time to come up.  Click here to visit our Facebook page for more photos.  And then “Like” us to stay in the know!

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