It was only two weeks ago that I took you to Paradise on the south side of Mt. Rainier National Park – here – if you missed it.
But that didn’t stop us from returning again, this time to Sunrise, on the east side of the mountain.
On the way up we stopped by Sunrise Point for a full panoramic view of the Cascade Mountains, including Mt. Adams, Rainier’s smaller lookalike in the distance. (Click on the pictures in the gallery to enlarge.)
We arrived at the Visitor Center, at 6,400 ft. the highest point you can drive to in the park, and found snow still covered most of the trails.
Even so, we found some picnic tables and shared a snack with the chipmunks; they brought their own food.
Where snow had melted in the meadows, wildflowers were blooming, including the delicate but hardy glacier lilies.
After our snack Bob asked if I was still up for a hike; there was one he’d always wanted to take to Silver Falls. Yes, indeed! We drove the 25 minutes down to the trailhead and entered the solitude of old growth forest.
It wasn’t long until we heard the thunderous waters of the Ohanapecosh River as it rushed toward Silver Falls. We stopped at the Overlook and felt the power of the river and the spray from the falls on our faces.
You can see its massive scale below where hikers ventured out onto the boulders, despite the warning sign and danger. (Please don’t try this at home!)
We crossed the bridge over the river and enjoyed wonderful views in all directions. We’d actually taken a hike to the falls once before, from the campground on the other side. Today’s hike was just as beautiful and much easier at only a mile round trip.
It was the highlight of the day.
And then it was time to head back down for dinner, but not without stopping for a final look at the mountain.
Goodbye till next time.