I am so excited to share a spontaneous “last-minute” Day trip to Mt Rainier. This is by far one of the best places I have ever seen.
We started at 1:00 PM from Seattle and arrived Henry M. Jackson Visitor Center at 4:30 PM which was located in the Paradise area of Mount Rainier National Park.After picking map from the center and “ooo’ing” and “awwing” over how beautiful the park was, My husband (Mohit) and I decided to hike to Panorama Point via the Skyline and Golden Gate Trail which was a 4 miles round trip with 1700′ elevation gain.
We had a sunny day, meadows were in full bloom, flowers and waterfalls, wow. As we crossed Myrtle Falls and reached Golden Gate Trail, the view got us awestruck! This valley is full of surprises around every corner, stunning viewpoints, snow on the ground and Mount Rainier was shining under the gorgeous July sun. On your way to the top, the grandeur is difficult to describe. We could see the fast moving clouds, snow covered peaks, Mount St. Helens, Mount Adams and tatoosh range.
We both tried to be adventurous and were lost in the middle of nowhere. Suddenly we saw a family crossing at a distance and then found ourselves at Pebble Creek trail with lots of snow on it. We tried walking with our normal shoes but gave up and slid through snow on our ass. Mohit’s got stuck in the middle too. 😉 It was the best part 🙂
For 4 hours it was so much of fun! The valley was magnificent! Its truly a Paradise, aptly named. Mt. Rainier is as close to heaven as one can get!
Tip: Go early in the day and make sure to spend more time. 🙂