Posted March 13th 2018 in Latest News, News and Updates,
Mount Rainier National Park is a must visit for any UK visitor interested in natural splendour. Inside the Park 25 glaciers drape the highest slopes, 235,625 acres of forests cloak lower slopes, ringed by flower-strewn meadows, with 97 percent of the park designated as wilderness.During July and August, midweek visits will offer a better experience than weekends. More information is available from: Visit Rainier and Mount Rainier National Park.
- From Sunrise Day Lodge hike the Sourdough Ridge Trail
The family-friendly Sourdough Ridge Trail boasts in-your-face mountain views, a trek through Sunrise’s famous alpine meadows and common sightings of endearing marmots. The route climbs quickly from the bustling Sunrise Visitor Centre to the top of Sourdough Ridge and continues east skirting the summit of Antler Peak.
- Enjoy epic dining at historic Paradise Inn
The Paradise Inn dining room is legendary. The cuisine rivals the Inn’s striking views of Mt. Rainier and the Tatoosh Range. Feast on views, inside and out, as you savour delicious dishes sitting among an avenue of seasoned light grey Alaskan cedar trees leading to the grand fireplace, in the 101 year old grand dining room.
- Mount Rainier Railroad and Logging Museum
Board in Elbe for the 14-mile picturesque ride on a vintage logging locomotive through countryside near the mountain to the logging museum. This train offers a friendly and fun atmosphere, with plenty of room for children to walk around and see the sights. The train has a snack bar, restrooms and welcoming conductors who give a brief history of the area. The terminus may change in 2019.
- Walk among summer wildflowers at Paradise
From mid-July to mid-August, the meadows surrounding Paradise at Mt. Rainier explode into colour. Marvel over pink penstemon, purple lupine, yellow cinquefoils, red paintbrush and bright white avalanche lilies. The paved nature trails from Paradise offer easy access to these dazzling meadows. The gentle family-friendly Nisqually Vista meanders the mountainside. For a more strenuous walk continue up the Skyline Trail with its jaw-dropping views.
- Trek to Silver Falls at Ohanapecosh
Silver Falls loop trail is an easy 3-mile hike from the Ohanapecosh Campground. The forest experience of meandering through the tall trees, listening for the roar of the water ever-intensifying as you approach these dramatic falls, is unforgettable. Be sure to take the path up to the scenic overlook near the top of the falls.
- Summit House lunch, dinner and scenic gondola ride
The gondola at Crystal Mountain resort accesses the Summit House at 6,872 feet, offering breathtaking views of Mt Rainier. On a clear day, take in views of the Northwest’s most famous volcanic peaks. Sunset dinner reservations are available Saturdays from late June to Labor Day. See their calendar for winter and lunchtime openings.