8 miles of hiking • 2000' elevation gain • 1 night
Brought my son up to Mt Rainier. Last time we came up here it was rainy and overcast. We started out Thursday in the Portland smog and were delighted to find blue skies and the mountain out. We wandered around Longmire, set up camp and went up to Paradise after dinner. Had a wonderful evening up there, brought our chairs and sketchpads. Set up above Alta vistaon the Skyline Trail and sketched. Tahoma was wearing a cloudy cap but the Tatoosh Range was lit up for the sunset.
Next day we joined a Mazama group for the hike up to Plummer and Denman. Straightforward up to Pinnacle Saddle, but the fog was so thick, and there are many braided social trails up there,we had a little trouble navigating and got to do some scrambling before we found access to the summits. Totally socked in the whole trip, but pleasant nonetheless. Just happy to get my kid out on a hike.