Hello and happy Wednesday! I’m off work today, so sleeping in and getting a chance to clean up the apartment and catching up with laundry are great! Thanksgiving this year will be another one away from home. My boyfriend, his little brother and I will probably drive away somewhere exploring the west side of Washington tomorrow. Weather forecast seems rainy and dark this entire weekend, so we will also see. What is your plan this weekend? Feel free to share it in the comment section below. And as for today’s blog post, I will be sharing some photos from our hike to Paradise, one of the areas in the iconic Mt. Rainier National Park, this past fall season. It was towards the end of the fall hiking season, so sadly there were not as many bursting colors as I had hoped. However, we luckily made it here a day before the entrance of Paradise was closed for the season. The hike was pretty strenuous and slightly cold but do-able.
We started out at the Paradise parking lot and decided to hike to the Panorama Point Snowshoe. Similar to Sunrise Point, Paradise had a Visitor building and many hiking trails to start from. There were also many other easier and shorter hikes, but Panorama definitely was not the hardest one around there. It was about 5 mi hike and almost 2000 ft. gain in elevation, almost literally straight up, well, it was quite tough. I would recommend layer up if you decide to hike in the late fall since it had already started to snow up here. The views at the Panorama Point were matchless. Look for Mounts Adams, Hood, and St. Helens, and the black rugged mountain tops of the Tatoosh Range.
We did drive to Reflection Lake after the hike, but it was such a clear day that there was no cloud and mountain top reflection on the lake when we drove pass by. We stopped by Sunrise Point for a quick hike after and made a loop back after the Snow Lake, realizing there was not much to see. In the summer, the Sunrise Point was the place to be. I got there twice this summer, and the famous snow-covered Mt. Rainier was such a treat on either clear sunny or hazy days.
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Some colors captured at the Paradise’s parking lot.
View at the Panorama Point. It was so windy and cold up here!
We caught some gorgeous colors while the sun was setting.
Road to Sunrise Point (note that it was about half of an hour drive from Paradise). This side was much more dead and less crowded this time of the year. But as mentioned above, Sunrise Point was amazing in the summer time.
I hope you’ve enjoyed these photos. I have gone back to some of the most recent hiking posts and renamed them as ‘Hike Washington,’ so they can be easily searched on my blog. I’m going through some planning and transitioning periods, especially this time of the year both personally and career-blog-related stuff. Hoping to get a new theme for my blog and launch it soon, so stay tuned! Oh, and please come back for my super exciting Holiday Shopping & Gift Guide going live really soon. So check back tomorrow!
OUTFIT DETAILS: leggings: Lulu Lemon | socks: SmartWool via REI | windbreaker: Cotopaxi | gray sweater: American Apparel | longsleeved shirt: Brandy Melville | purple hat: Patagonia | shoes: Nike Pesto
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All photos by Toan Chu