Quick Photo Trip Up To Mt. Rainier and Paradise

Great to escape the tension of society.

July 6, 2020
Mt Rainier
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Last week's stay-cation included a quick two night stint to Mt Rainier for some hiking, campfires, and fresh air. I can't recommend it enough that with all the negativity bombarding us on the internet all day, a little outside time is hugely beneficial. 

We drove the Paradise Valley Road up to Paradise with stunning views along the way! Kautz Creek Trail gave us one of only two peeks at Mt. Rainier's peak and clouds kept it hidden the whole time we were there.

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Mt Rainier

Further along the road, we stopped at the Nisqually River Gorge Bridge for a view both up and down the gorgeous river.

Nisqually River

Nisqually River

Atop Paradise, we didn't have views of Tahoma, but to the south we saw lovely snow covered scenery! Is this Pinnacle Peak?

Paradise, WA

Five years ago when we went to Paradise on July 4th, it was all green, wildflowers, and tank tops. This year on June 30th, it was freezing cold, beanies, and snow covered everything!

Paradise, WA

Crossing the beautiful river later in the day and much lower down the valley, we did a quick 90 minute hike up to Carter Lake. Crossing the river is the best part! Look, the mountain was again out.

Mt Rainier

Earned the 11,000 calories we consumed in marshmallows/smores:

Roasting marshmallow

Feel like I still smell of campfire... Have a great summer!