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Wed Jul 15, 2009

A great hike from Chinook Pass, with early season wildflowers.

It was just a few weeks ago that this trail was covered in snow,  but it’s now melted out and the wildflowers are gorgeous!

The trail itself starts from Chinook Pass in Mt. Rainier National Park. Actually, you’ll follow Highway 410 under the overpass that signifies you’re leaving the Park,. and then park in the lot on the left side of the road.  At the far end of the parking lot (past the toilets), there’s a small sign that says PCNST (for Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail) which marks… Read Full Story


Mon Jul 13, 2009

A kid-friendly, adult-friendly and dog-friendly hike near Crystal Mountain and Mt. Rainier.

Saturday, July 11th, was a hot day—even in the mountains—so we decided it would be fun to take a hike next to water.  The Goat Falls hike has always been one of our favorites, but it’s been largely impassable this spring due to all the trees that fell over the winter.  But we had heard from several cabin owners that the trail was clear so we decided to check it out for ourselves, and to take our two dogs.  They thought this was a wonderful idea, as you’ll… Read Full Story

Shadow Lake & Burroughs Mountain

Mon Jun 29, 2009

A wonderful hike in Mt. Rainier National Park.

Sunrise is now open!  The road to the very top opened on Friday, June 26 and the hiking is just marvelous.

We drove up there first thing on Friday so we could scope it out for our guests, and then went hiking with our friends Tena, Yvonne and Eric yesterday.  It was a beautiful, clear, warm, sunny day and the hiking could not have been more perfect.

The views of Mt. Rainier from the parking lot are just amazing, so even if you don’t have much time for hiking, it’s still worth… Read Full Story