With Nancy and Max. Last time we three were here was 1993. Max was 12 weeks old and in my backpack. Brenda was 20 and working the summer at Paradise Inn. She summited Mount Rainier that summer. This visit was clear blue sky and warm. At Panorama Point we saw Mounts Adams, Hood and St. Helens. BTW Brenda returned to Rainier 2 years ago and hiked to Camp Muir with her husband and their oldest, Gabe, who was then 12 years old. Rainier has very special places for all of us. Nancy and I first visited the mountain in 1988. That day was also a clear and blue sky day. As I stared the man next to me asked if it was my first time there. Said it was. He said it was his 4th, but 1st time he'd seen the mountain.
Just a gorgeous day at Mt. Rainier. Was surprised to find only about 10 cars in the lot at Paradise when we arrived just before 10 AM. Not a cloud in the sky. Temps were a little chilly to start but overall a perfect day for hiking. Saw our fair share of wildlife along the hike. We did the Skyline and High Skyline Loop. Just under 6 miles 2,000 feet of elevation gain. A great day hike. Views of Mt. Rainier along 90% of the trail. Views of Mt. Adams, Mt. Hood and Mt. St. Helens from the top point of the trail (just over 7,000 ft) as well. The fall colors are really coming out now and the trail is still snow free except for a patch just past Panorama Point (but it's not an issue if you take the High Skyline trail). Definitely worth the 6 hour round trip drive from the 'Couv.
Walked with Mom and Cliff from the Paradise parking lot intending to go as far as the waterfall. Mom couldn't make the last hill so we went up to the falls individually. The meadows were packed with wildflowers, and the overcast had completely burned off on the drive up to the Mountain.
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.