A Guide to Spring at Mt. Rainier

There’s little debate about the beauty one encounters while exploring the Pacific Northwest during the spring months. Some might even say that Mt. Rainier is at its most stunning during the pre-summer months, and visitors from all over the world can find an endless number of activities and areas to explore as winter recedes.
If you are planning a trip to the mountain now that the weather is warming, consider

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High Rock Lookout

Fall Hike Spotlight: High Rock Lookout

The South Cascades region is a hiker’s paradise, with hikes suitable for everyone from hardcore mountaineers to families with young children. While Mount Rainier National Park offers many great hiking options, the National Forest surrounding Ashford offers numerous trails for those seeking a hike-less-traveled, and for people interested in hiking with their canine pals (dogs are not allowed on trails in the Park).
Toward mid-fall, snow will blanket the higher

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Grove of the Patriarchs Footbridge

Featured Hike: Grove of the Patriarchs

Famous for its old-growth forest featuring thousand-year-old trees, the Grove of the Patriarchs is a must see for anyone visiting the Ohanapecosh area, located in the Southeast corner of Mount Rainier National Park. It’s a very easy hike, but definitely a memorable one that will feel you with enchantment.
The trail wanders alongside the Ohanapecosh River for a half mile before reaching its island destination – a small loop treating you to

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Spring hikes are great for seeing the wildflowers

4 Gorgeous Spring Hikes at Mt. Rainier

Spring is one of our favorite seasons at Mt. Rainier. It’s splendid to watch the environment slowly transforming and everything turning green once again. If you have spent the winter months hibernating, it’s time to crawl out of your cave and enjoy the refreshing mountain air! One of the best ways to explore Mt. Rainier is by foot, and the mountain is lined with hundreds of miles of beautiful trails

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Mt. Rainier at Kautz Creek

Lowland Hikes at Mt. Rainier: Trail of Shadows & Rampart Ridge Trail

One of the best ways to experience Mt. Rainier is hiking. The park has many fantastic trails for all levels of hikers, so you can get out there and enjoy the fresh air and the beauty that is so abundant at Mt. Rainier. Some of our favorite hikes are the lowland hikes at Mt. Rainier, like the Trail of Shadows and Rampart Ridge Trails.
Earlier this month, I received the

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Bench and Snow Lake Hike at Mt. Rainier

Hiking at Mt. Rainier: Bench and Snow Lakes Hike

Bench and Snow Lakes hike is an easy and family-friendly hike with gradual ups and downs, that still has lots of great scenery that everyone can enjoy. This 2.5 mile hike offers beautiful lakes and an amazing view of Mount Rainier. The scenery along this trail changes depending on the season, so we recommend giving it a try in spring, summer and fall.
Though these lakes are located just off

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Mt Rainier views

Hike the Huts: Mt. Rainier Hikes That Will Leave You Breathless

Mt. Rainier has a lifetime’s worth of adventures waiting for travelers who love the outdoors and the Pacific Northwest. The National park is crisscrossed with an endless number of trails for hikers, bikers, snowshoers and skiers to explore and countless sights to take in. But what few may realize is some of the area’s most rewarding Mt. Rainier hikes lie outside of the park’s boundaries.
If you are

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