Hiking

Greenwater Lakes Hike

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

This has always been one of our favorite hikes.

The trailhead is an easy 20-minute drive from here up a paved (!) Forest Service road (FS 70).  The hike is great for all

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Boulder Cave

Friday, June 07, 2013

We love visiting Boulder Cave, and we often recommend this hike to guests staying here.  Yesterday, we had a meeting in Naches, so we decided to stop and hike Boulder Cave on

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Gorgeous Views and Wildflowers on Shriner Peak

Wednesday, August 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

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Grand Park is full of wildflowers!

Tuesday, July 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

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Sheep Lake July 14, 2012

Sunday, July 15, 2012

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

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Emmons Moraine Trail Via The Glacier Basin Trail

Monday, October 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

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Noble Knob Trail

Tuesday, October 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

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Naches Peak Loop: September 3, 2011

Sunday, September 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

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Palisades Lake: September 1, 2011

Friday, September 02, 2011

Another gorgeous hike with flowers, flowers everywhere.  Enjoy great photos courtesy of our friends at Visit Rainier.

This trail starts from Sunrise Point (the large

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Dewey Lakes Hike: August 29, 2011

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Our friends, Abbie and Ian, did this hike with Ziggy and Gonzo on August 29 and took these great photos!  Check out all their photos on Alta Crystal Resort’s Facebook page

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

Saturday, August 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

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Wildflowers, views and snow-free trails at Sunrise!

Monday, August 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

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More Signs of Summer at Sunrise!

Thursday, July 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

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Wonderland Trail from White River Campground to Sunrise

Tuesday, June 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

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Grove of the Patriarchs

Saturday, June 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

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Silver Falls Hike in Mt. Rainier National Park

Saturday, June 04, 2011

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

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Hike the Noble Knob Trail now for Huckleberries

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

We love the Noble Knob trail, and hike it several times each year.  The views of Mt. Rainier are glorious any time of year.  The wildflowers are incredible in the summer. 

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June Waterfall Hikes

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Waterfall lovers everywhere—rejoice!  This is your time of year!

We’ve been spending many weeks already exploring trails we haven’t walked since the fall.

The waterfalls,

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White River Trail from Alta Crystal Resort

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

This is a great year-round trail for hiking, biking, horseback riding, trail running—and, in the winter, we snowshoe here too!

We decided to take the dogs on a quick walk

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Dege Peak Hike in Mt. Rainier National Park

Monday, September 28, 2009

This is an incredible hike—and we managed to go on the perfect fall day.  We must be doing something right!

We have a group of German exchange students who stay with us

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Naches Peak Loop Trail in Mt. Rainier National Park

Monday, September 28, 2009

We’ve always loved this trail, so even though it was late in the afternoon, we decided to go for it.  It was our 15th wedding anniversary, and we thought it was only fitting

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Sheep Lake

Wednesday, July 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

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Goat Falls

Monday, July 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

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Shadow Lake & Burroughs Mountain

Monday, June 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

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