Day Hiking: Mount Rainier National Park
by Dan A. Nelson & Alan L. Bauer (The Mountaineers Books)
© Dan A. Nelson & Alan L. Bauer/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.
I'm not a fan of hiking on paved trails but this was quite nice. Lots of wildflowers, little streams and then an impressive view of the Nisqually glacier and origins of the Nisqually river. The trials closest to the Paradise visitor/lodging area can be quite crowded. Early morning is best as by the afternoon the trails are quite crowded.
If you would like postcard-perfect views of mountain meadows, gorgeous wild flowers, and snow-capped peaks, this is the trail for you! I could not think of a more lovely family outing than spending a sunny day admiring the rich views and abundant wildflowers of the Paradise area. Bring your camera, sketch pads, and a sack lunch as you will hate to go back to your car after you behold this rich vista for yourself.
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