10.28 miles of hiking • 3500' elevation gain •
Never done this trail before. Saw some deer and mt. goats but not a single person during the entire hike. Rainier was a bit cloudy but could see Adams, St Helens and even a glimpse of Mt. Hood in the distance. Hiked as far as Mt. Arafat and it looks like from where I stopped Arafat would be a non-technical 4-500' scramble to its 6000' summit. Will have to check that out in more depth when the days are a bit longer.