Mt. Rainier is a boss

Since I will be moving to Seattle permanently in the fall, I thought it appropriate to visit one of it’s landmarks Mt. Rainier. From the city you don’t realize how absolutely gargantuan this mountain really is. It is HUGE. Rising to 14,411′ it dwarfs our home mountain Mt. Baker (which is still a noteworthy 10,781′). It is also a federal park which is very different from the state parks we are used to. The main difference is the crowd it attracts. Most people were suited up with their fancy boots, carbon-fiber walking sticks and enough Trader Joes snacks to last a year. We were told several times that we wouldn’t be able to pass certain areas due to our footwear, good ol’ Sanuks (essentially slippers). I’m proud to say we managed just fine :). And of course, Carson got some unbelievable photographs.

Sanuk really needs to sponsor us. We put their shoes to good use.

Sanuk really needs to sponsor us. We put their shoes to good use.

We are hoping to do a 2-3 day hiking trip in September up here or Baker. Anyone have suggestions?

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8 thoughts on “Mt. Rainier is a boss

  1. Forrest says:

    You’re right, those photos are pretty incredible.

    For a two or three day hike in September, I’ve got a lot of suggestions:

    (1) Railroad Grade, on Baker
    (2) Hannegan Peak, in Mt Baker country
    (3) Cascade Pass to Sahale Glacier Camp, North Cascades
    (4) Beverley Creek, Teanaway – make a loop
    (5) Ingalls Peak -> Headlight Basin -> Longs Peak -> Esmeralda Basin, Teanaway
    (6) The PCT from Harts Pass

    There are a lot of other spectacular choices, but you can’t possibly go wrong with any of those (as long as the weather is friendly, Baker is the wild card).

      • Forrest says:

        Yeah, I was shocked at just how beautiful Harts Pass is. It’s a long drive, but if you’re in the Mount Baker area, it won’t be quite as bad as you. Go to the North Cascades Highway, follow it to Mazama, and then take a long dirt road that most people would describe as terrifying.

        I think a lot of the snow will have melted by then. There were little creeks for drinking water, but you’ll want to do some research before you leave and make sure they’re still running. But the Pacific Crest Trail runs through there, so there must be year-round water to be had.

        Cascade Pass is downright incredible, too, if you haven’t been.

  2. avittles says:

    Make sure you bring spare tires if you go up to Harts pass! I’ll send you a picture of the tire on Chad’s truck last year to prove why 🙂

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