Hiking Mount Rainier National Park
by Heidi Schneider & Mary Skjelset (Falcon Guides)
© Heidi Schneider & Mary Skjelset/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
Very enjoyable. OK to take the kids. No bugs! Had lunch at the river in the sun. A bit cloudy for views of Mt Rainier. Trail narrow in spots. Save your energy - its uphill all the way back to the car!
The road to the trailhead just inside the Park boundary is snowfree. (Road workers were grading and filling in potholes.) Snow in parking area was melting fast, and first half mile of trail was snow free. Then snow lay on trail up to 1 foot deep for about 1/2 mile, but tracks through snow made trail obvious. Once you leave vicinity of stream, snow disappears and the rest of the trail is snow free to South Mowich shelter and beyond. Violas blooming alongside lower trail.
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