Yesterday we headed south to one of our favorite local attractions – Mt. Rainier National Park. It was perfect hiking weather as we started our adventure at Longmire on the Trail of the Shadows.
Afterwards we took the scenic road to Paradise, stopping at the many overlooks and waterfalls.
Christine Falls was first,
but Narada Falls was the best, from Paradise River, cascading and fanning out over the rocks below.
We’ve seen Narada many times from above but rarely from below; the short trail to the bottom is often under snow.
It was still a little bit muddy yesterday but passable. I’m SO glad we went down to feel the spray on our face and the rainbow in the mist! No wonder this one’s a favorite of visitors!
Of course, the main attraction in the park is the mountain and there are views of Mt. Rainier around every corner. That’s by design.
According to the National Park Service, the road to Paradise was planned as a “pleasure road” for park visitors, taking advantage of the glorious views and providing access to some of the most spectacular glaciers and waterfalls.”
We arrived at the Paradise Visitor Center at the base of the mountain and enjoyed a short movie and a snack.
We left the playing in the snow to others.
Then we continued to possibly my favorite view of the mountain at Reflection Lakes, which was covered in ice and snow but still managed to do a bit of reflecting.
On our return to Longmire, we passed by a mountain lake
and saw a cute marmot by the side of the road.
What more do you want? It was a perfect day. 🙂