We’re getting so closed to the very end of 2019. It’s crazy to think, but this year has been such a ride, a super-fast one. I’m blogging on October 28 after getting back from Paradise, Mt. Rainier National Park yesterday. And that was our third time visiting Mt. Rainier this year. We wanted to hike Pinnacle Peak trail near Reflection Lake again because of our failed attempt earlier this summer due to snow conditions. The road was closed for the season yesterday due to snow conditions as well! To be honest with you, the trail was rated as boring, but there was a ‘secret’ trail with a pretty good photo opportunity that we wanted to try. So I guess the window to hike this one is pretty tight, between August or early September on a clear sunny day when there is not much snow left on the ground.
Before heading out to Mt. Rainier National Park, please consider things listed below for a fun and successful trip:
Read my hiking trip to Panorama Point in Paradise, Mt. Rainier HERE.
We hiked Mt. Fremont Fire Lookout back on July 28, 2019, and that was one of the most gorgeous and successful hiking trips I’ve done this year. Fun fact: it’s one of the four fire lookouts remaining in the park. Two-story, quite old but pretty well-maintained.
From the Sunrise Visitor Center, we hiked west towards Frozen Lake and headed right uphill to the lookout. Up at the Lookout, we saw a big marmont and a few squirrels, some snow and plenty of cloud actions. After sitting down for lunch, we decided to take a nap and enjoyed the most gorgeous views from above here! Keep in mind that it’s a 1200 ft gain in elevation, so wear sun protection and plenty of water because we did run out of water the third way down.
We saw a bunch of budding wildflowers along the trail, so meadow at areas with lower elevation like Tipsoo Lake would have been at its peak. And we were right!
Wildflowers at its peak at TIPSOO LAKE – NACHES PEAK LOOP TRAIL
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Rachel Lake | Colchuck Lake | Hidden Lake Lookout | Chain Lakes Loop – Artist Point, Mt. Baker| Panorama Point – Skyline Trail, Paradise, Mt Rainier | Lake Serene | Goat Lake | Lake 22 | Rattlesnake Ledge