I’m just back from a three night camping trip at Mount Rainier with my husband and another couple. This is our third National Park trip together. : )
We camped at Ohanapecosh and did a short day hike near our campground to see the Grove of Patriachs with old-growth trees and a super cool suspension bridge. The next day, we went to Paradise and hiked along the Nisqually Vista, Alta Vista and Skyline Trails, with a side trip to Myrtle Falls.
On our last day, it rained in the morning so we did a hike near our campground to Silver Falls and the Ohanapecosh Hot Springs. Then we headed to Sunrise for a short wildflower hike on the Silver Forest trail. The mountain was hiding in the clouds on this day so we’ll have to go back another time for more hiking at Sunrise.
It was a lot of fun sharing my love of Mount Rainier with these three! We’ve already made plans for our next National Park adventure to the Redwoods in northern California.
suspension bridge over the Ohanapecosh River
hello Mount Rainier!
on the Nisqually Vista trail
Mount Rainier and the Nisqually River
the Paradise area is filled with meadows like this one
Dead Horse Creek
paintbrush alongside a stream
the Tatoosh Range as seen from the Dead Horse Creek trail
on the Alta Vista trail
joining the crowds at Myrtle Falls
the Paradise River
Paradise Inn lampshades
view into Box Canyon
evening ranger program
on the Silver Falls trail
view of the Ohanapecosh River from the Silver Falls trail
bridge over the Ohanapecosh River
Ohanapecosh Hot Springs
interesting colors in the hot springs
view of Sunrise Lake from Sunrise Point
looking into the White River Canyon, with Mount Rainier hidden in the clouds
purple asters were the predominant wildflower along the trail
Silver Forest trail
foggy conditions on the Silver Forest trail
Sunrise Visitors Center