Mount Rainier National Park
After the weather at Mt St Helens it was with a level of doubt that we set off for Mt Ranier, the forecast was good but the hills were shrouded in low cloud. As we travelled closer the clouds began to rise and we were in sunshine, however the mountain itself remained hidden to us. Entering the national park we were immediately impressed by the size of the forest and the variety of trees present.
Stopping to view some wildflowers we discovered some golden raspberries, previously we had only seen the red variety.
The trip involved numerous stops to look at the many waterfalls and wonderful scenery.
The viewpoint at Nisqually River gave us our first glimpse of Mount Ranier. It is home to many glaciers which radiate out from the summit like the sun’s rays. This was a distant view of Nisqually Glacier.
Further along the road we stopped at Narada Falls. These were impressive in their flow but also had a beautiful rainbow at their base.
After a few miles, but several hours we reached Paradise. It was obvious that the name suited with lovely forest, great views in every direction and many wildflowers. Unfortunately it seemed that half the population of Seattle thought so too as the crowd was huge.
Leaving Paradise we came to another spot offering a glimpse of the mountain.
And then on to Reflection Lakes which were unfortunately not calm enough to live up to their name.
We travelled as far as Box Canyon before deciding to return by the same route as the mountain was clear and it would be in view for much of the way out of the park.