Hiking, Mount Rainier

Baking at Sunrise

I’m behind on the blog yet again, but I refuse to excuse myself (mostly because my only valid excuse would be laziness). Instead I’ll write up a little trip report from a couple of weeks ago – I’m going to try to (maybe) dust of my old html skillz and make a hiking section for this site to get all my trip reports and photos in one place, so I might as well start writing them all up.

Good to see you again

The road up to Sunrise on Mount Rainier opened the last weekend of June, so we decided to revisit one of our first hikes, Burroughs Mountain. We planned a relaxed day since we were to be joined by a group of friends, but once again the number of participants dwindled down to just me and JK. Luckily I kind of like him and think he’s easy on the peepers, so I didn’t mind wandering around in the mountains with him.

The Sunrise area was mostly melted out with only a few little snow crossings left on the way to Burroughs.

I really liked this trail Trails like this one...

After enjoying our sandwiches on Second Burroughs while watching climbers making their way up the Emmons Glacier route on Rainier, we trotted back to Frozen Lake and up to the Fremont Lookout. We hadn’t been there before, and I was pleasantly surprised by the trail – I think I even prefer it to Burroughs!

Fremont Lookout & Grand Park

This whole area is so beautiful, possibly even more so than Paradise (and much more so than our photos can convey). It didn’t hurt that it was an absolutely perfect and HOT day! I wish we lived closer so I could explore this side of the mountain further during the workweek (our must-hike list is getting impossibly long for the number of weekends we have available).

Big Tahoma, little marmot

The only wildlife sightings we had were of these frisky deer and a well-fed marmot.

Spring fever Park Ranger

We had to leave earlier than we wanted to get back to the dogs (they’re not allowed on National Park trails, boo!), so after stalking the marmot for a little bit we turned around and walked back to the Sunrise parking lot which was swarming with tourists – apparently most of them just drive up, walk 15 feet away from their car to take a picture and then drive away again, even though the area is full of gorgeous but easy trails. Oh well, more solitude for us!

All smiles

This has been a very volcano-centric year for us (St. Helens, Baker, a bajillion trips to Rainier), but I don’t think I can ever get tired of Mount Rainier National Park.

Frozen Lake & Cowlitz Chimneys

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5 Comments

  • Reply aud July 14, 2009 at 11:49 am

    I love stopping by and seeing your photos and reading your hiking stories. Part of me is so jealous that you have these kinds of opportunities basically in your backyard, but the other part of me knows I would be too terrified to climb up the side of a mountain, so it doesn’t matter that I live in Kentucky. *lol*

  • Reply sharon July 14, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    “Luckily I kind of like him and think he’s easy on the peepers”…you funny woman! hee hee :-) I love seeing your gorgeous photos of where you have been, it must be even more breathtaking in real life (and the hiking might do that too!)

    PS glad to you back again!

  • Reply Joscie July 15, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    I love your adventures. you pictures are always fabulous! :)

  • Reply Helen July 17, 2009 at 9:14 am

    Don’t care about your excuses – you don’t need them. (I personally rate the ‘lazy’ excuse as perfectly worthy!) I just LOVE looking at your stunning photos and reading your trip reports :-)

  • Reply Samantha July 17, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    Such lovely pictures…again! Don’t worry about being “behind” on your blogging. I had to take a long break after my little died a couple of weeks ago. Sometimes, it just can’t be helped.

    I don’t know if you are aware of this blog, but I found this post today and immediately thought of you. I hope you like it!!

    http://www.zooborns.com/zooborns/2009/07/marmots.html

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