I took the day to do an aggressive hike in Mt. Rainier National Park. On the cautioned advice of the visitor center Ranger, I chose to hike the Skyline Trail. The caution was, though mid-July, most the trail remained snow covered... but it was "flagged," meaning the trail could be followed by looking for flags posted in the snow.
The Skyline Trail starts at Paradise, the main visitor area of the Park (visitor center/hotel/restaurant) at elevation 5400 feet (1646 meters) and quickly ascends to Panorama Point at 6800 feet (2073 meters). In the nearly five mile (eight km) hike, about 80% remained snow covered. Yes - my feet were wet at the end of the hike.
I captured a number of images on along this hike showing the terrain on the southern slope of Mt. Rainier. Look for more of these images to be posted later.
Observation: After about a mile (1.6 km) into the initial ascent, the amount of English spoken by other hikers dropped off dramatically. Languages spoken by the intrepid included German, some sort of Scandinavian, Japanese and Spanish. I think the American tourists were hovering around the snack stand down in Paradise. :-)
Canon PowerShot S90, f/8 @ 6 mm, 1/1000, ISO 100, No Flash
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