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