A Day at Rainier
Trip Start Aug 04, 2012
68Trip End Mar 06, 2013
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What I did
We set off around 6:30am and arrived at the trailhead a little before 9. We were very happy that we got there as early as we did, due to the fact that parking was already at a minimum. The trailhead starts at the White River campground and gradually ascends up towards the glacier basin. Mt. Rainier is home to 26 glaciers and we had phenomenal views of the Emmons glacier, which, according to the newspaper article, is the largest glacier in the lower 48
As we continued are steady climb upwards we began to move into a region of forest that was speckled with beautiful meadows. Many of the meadows had the same species of wildflowers that we saw at Grand Valley, however, some were completely new to me. The views in this stretch of trail were not nearly as inspiring, but we occasionally spotted a playful chipmunk, or a botanical marvel that kept me content.
After only an hour and a half hiking, we arrived at the glacier basin campground, where we stopped for a little snack break. Although it would have been a lovely lunch destination, it was only 10:30! And once we tanked up on some munchies, we continued on a different trail that lead us out of the campground, and closer to the river and glaciers
The most prevalent thing we saw on the trail hiking back was people! It seemed that lots of tourists, whether camping or day tripping, had the same idea as us. There was a steady flow of traffic as we descended back down to the trailhead. As we hiked back we once again had beautiful views of Mt. Tahoma, the Emmons glacier, the White River, and of course "the big guy" as my mom calls it, Mt
Once we returned to the parking lot we were reminded that getting to our hikes early is essential, as there were no parking spots available. We then had lunch by the river and the drove up to Sunrise, where there were multiple jaw-dropping views of Mt. Rainier! Once again we had to pull out the binoculars and were speechless toward the majesty of the ice ridden mountain. After we had our fill of beautiful views, we headed out of the park and made a quick trip home, only stopping for Starbucks and Dairy Queen. We all agreed that it was a great day, spent in a wonderful place!