Mount Rainier National Park

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by IsabelleTravels on December 18, 2006

Our trip to Mt. Ranier National Park consisted of a 5.2 mile trail called the Sunrise Rim Trail. I am not an athletic person, but I think there might be a little more strength in me than I ever imagined. I wanted to quit after the first mile (which I think everyone that was there that day wanted to do) but I persevered and it was worth it.

We started at Sunrise then hiked to Frozen Lake. We saw a lot of chipmunks that looked like really tiny squirrels. They might have been only 6 inches, quite possibly smaller. We then walked over to the First Burrough. At this point, we were pretty much the only people hiking. Before entering this area you are warned by a sign that reads something along the lines of: This area can only be compared to the Arctic Tundra. I don't know what that means, but the trail was very rocky and cold. We saw about 5 mountain goats that came up from the side of the very steep and rocky mountain. We walked over to an area known as Glacier Overlook. I couldn't tell if we were looking at Glaciers and we continued walking. At this time fear filled me. The mountain was steep (I'm from Florida, everything is steep) and rocky. The path was thin and I just kept imagining falling down the side of the mountain. I had no choice but to keep walking, so I did. We left the arctic tundra and met the green grass I forgot I missed. Here we saw some beautiful deer and gorgeous yellow flowers.

We ended where we began, except slightly changed. The trek was really a lot more challenging than anything I have done in the recent past. I was so glad I was able to accomplish it. The scenery was breath-taking. The 5 miles went by so quickly, yet at the time seemed like forever. I would do it again and I would hope that anyone else in the Seattle area would take advantage of the natural beauty so close to home.
Mount Rainier National Park
55210 238th Ave. East
Mt. Rainier National Park, Washington, 98304
(360) 569-2211

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