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Mount Rainier Babymoon | Naches Peak Loop

All summer long we talked about renting a cabin near Mount Rainier for a long weekend, and all summer long we procrastinated…and then it was autumn, and we realized our weather window was closing quickly. So we booked a cute cabin in Packwood, and the following afternoon we were off!

Packwood Cabin Packwood Cabin

The drive down went so well, thanks to the fact that we finally caved and got Nora a tablet so she can watch Peppa Pig on long car rides. A lifesaver for non-nappers! We made it to the cabin at dusk, got it heated up and got Nora fed so we could get her in bed not too long past her normal bedtime, and then cozied up in front of the fire and watched, of all things, Sleepless in Seattle on VHS. #cabinlife

Pumpkin pancakes!

In the morning we celebrated autumn with pumpkin pancakes and the first of many stops at the Mountain Goat before driving up to Chinook Pass. Our goal for the day was to hike the Naches Peak Loop – I had hiked it once before and knew if would be the perfect third trimester/toddler trail. And it totally was – it’s only a little over three miles, so we had lots of time to mosey along and dilly-dally, and the views are just insane for the amount of effort you put in.

Naches Peak Loop

Naches Peak Loop Naches Peak Loop

Naches Peak Loop

Naches Peak Loop

Nora hiked parts of the trail herself (carrying her one essential – a Playmobile excavator, of course) and spent a looong time exploring the little lake.

Naches Peak Loop

Naches Peak Loop

We eventually made our way around to the southern part of the loop, where Mount Rainier stares you right in the face most of the way – to the point where it becomes mildly hazardous because you just keep staring at the mountain instead of paying attention to your feet. We found a great little spot for our lunch break, and Nora’s excavator kept her occupied to the point where JK and I could actually relax, like unencumbered adults. We also snuck in a 31-week bump shot.

31 weeks

Naches Peak Loop

Then we packed up and kept hiking, Nora looking absolutely adorable as she bounced merrily along the trail. For reals, how cute is this?

Naches Peak Loop

You have no idea how good it felt to be back in the mountains, all excited and happy to be alive, after the summer of doom and gloom. It’s good to remember, yet again, that rough patches are (usually) just that – phases, phases that will pass. I’ve always tended toward all-or-nothing thinking, so when things change for the worse, I immediately assume that OHMIGOD LIFE WILL BE LIKE THIS FOREVER. If anything, parenthood should have taught me that life is full of transitory stages that feel endless when you’re in them (morning sickness, inconsolable newborns, tantruming toddlers), but they do in fact end and life goes back to being pretty damn awesome.

Naches Peak Loop

…sometimes even so awesome that your non-napper takes a much-needed snooze in the car on the way back to the cabin! Now that’s a sign of a good hike right there.

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Naches Peak Loop | 3 miles | 600 feet elevation gain –

Packwood Cabin

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  • Reply CarrieH October 12, 2016 at 6:36 am

    So glad you were able to do this and so glad you shared. Your pictures, as always, are beautiful. Nothing better than fall in the mountains…unless there is a cute little one with a backpack walking down the trail. Good luck in these last few weeks before your new little one.

    • Reply Ingunn Markiewicz October 16, 2016 at 11:53 am

      Thank you and thank you!

    • Reply Tawny January 2, 2017 at 7:28 am

      What an awesome way to explain this-now I know evyrething!

  • Reply Lisa October 12, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    As always, gorgeous photos! It looks like you guys lucked out with the weather, too. Perfect timing! I’m glad you are getting back out there in the woods. It seems to be doing wonders for you. :)

    I’m saving this post for ideas on family trips. This looks like a great hike!

    • Reply Ingunn Markiewicz October 16, 2016 at 11:55 am

      I’m so glad we booked a cabin by Rainier! There are so many short (but beautiful) hikes in the area, but since they’re so short, it seems like a waste to drive there and back again in a day for just a couple of miles of hiking. Totally want to do this again next year!

  • Reply Karen October 12, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    This looks incredible! I wish I could go for a three mile hike and get those views!!

    • Reply Ingunn Markiewicz October 16, 2016 at 11:56 am

      I know! I’m so used to having to hike up 3500 feet of elevation gain through forest to get to a view, so driving straight up to the alpine like this feels so luxurious..

  • Reply Delanie October 19, 2016 at 12:12 am

    Those views look divine, but Nora sleeping in the car seat with her digger is so precious! And I recognise that portacot – we have the same one. ;)

    • Reply Ingunn Markiewicz October 24, 2016 at 3:23 pm

      Nora loves that bed! She didn’t even want to hear a bedtime story, she just wanted to get in bed and then said GOOD NIIIIGHT because she wanted us to leave the room right away. :P

  • Reply Laura August 26, 2017 at 5:58 am

    This looks gorgeous and I loved reading your posts. I was hoping I could ask you a quick question, we are traveling to Mt Rainier from the east coast with a crazy almost 3 yr old that isn’t the greatest listener and refuses to stay in a carrier (but can usually manage a 3 mile relatively flat trail) and a 6 yr old that I’m not worried about. Do you think this is doable safely or if he will manage to make the mildly hazardous part become very hazardous?

    • Reply Ingunn Markiewicz August 28, 2017 at 9:26 am

      I think you will be fine! We’re planning to go back soon with Nora who is turning three this week and I think she’ll be able to walk a lot of it…but we’ll bring bunny crackers or some other snack she doesn’t usually eat in case we need to entice her into the carrier. :)

      • Reply Ingunn Markiewicz August 28, 2017 at 9:53 am

        Oh, and there’s no actual hazardous part, it was just that I kept staring at Rainier instead looking where I was putting my feet! Heh. :D

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