Ask Me: What Are Your Favorite Hikes at Mount Rainier and North Cascades National Parks?
I just discovered your site, really enjoying it. Great book, I bought it from a small bookshop in Lincoln, N.H., called the Mountain Wanderer. We are on are way out to the Pacific NW for a week. We are looking for some ideas on dayhikes and one-night backpacks in the North Cascades and some dayhikes in Mount Rainier National Park.
Look forward to your stories in Backpacker. Thanks in advance for your help.
Fred and Linda
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Hi Fred and Linda,
First of all, thanks for buying and reading my book. I know The Mountain Wanderer bookstore and its owner. I also know the Whites very well (as I wrote about in this post).
In Mount Rainier National Park, my favorite dayhikes are:
• The Skyline Trail loop above Paradise.
• The Rampart Ridge Trail from Christina Falls (between Longmire and Paradise) to Van Trump Park and Mildred Point and back.
• The steep, little-traveled, but really cool Eagle Peak Trail from Longmire up to Eagle Peak at the west end of the Tatoosh Range.
• The short, easy walk among the big trees at Grove of the Patriarchs (southeast corner of the park).
• From Sunrise, hike the Wonderland Trail out to the wildflower meadows above Berkeley Park, then backtrack and loop over Burroughs Mountain and back to Sunrise via the Glacier Basin Trail.
• If you have time, drive to Mowich Lake and dayhike out and back to Spray Park.
It’s probably too late for wildflowers, which you’d see in abundance on all of these hikes in late July and August, but they all have killer views.
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The North Cascades is one of my favorite mountain ranges. In case you haven’t seen this post, check it out for some dayhiking ideas.
For an overnight hike, consider spending a night on the Heather-Maple Pass loop if the weather’s good (it’s exposed up there). Or stay in the backcountry camp just below Hannegan Pass and hike up Hannegan Peak and partway out Copper Ridge and back.
Enjoy, let me know how it goes.
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