I was invited by Ron to join he and Paul on a hike to Mt. Rainier's Camp Muir which is the half way point between Paradise and the summit of Mt. Rainier.
The trip to Camp Muir starts at Paradise (elevation 5400 ft) on the south side of Mt. Rainier. From Paradise it is 4.5 miles and about 4700 vertical feet to Camp Muir (elevation 10,188 feet). We started our hike at 8:30 am and arrived at Camp Muir at noon. The return hike to Paradise took just 2 hours.
I have a large number of pictures here because there is such a great variety of things to see at Mt. Rainier. I haven't included any pictures that are duplicates or that don't have something I that was interesting in them.
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer has an interesting article on the climbing rangers that work at Mt. Rainier's high elevation camps.
(September 28, 2002; up-3:30, down-2:00)
Paul getting ready for the hike.
This was the view from the Paradise Visitor's Center looking west.
From the Paradise Visitor's Center parking lot Mt. Rainier can been see in the morning sun.
The hike starts out on a steep trail through a meadow. The summit of Mt. Rainier is almost always in view.
Ron, eager to reach Camp Muir.
Mountains south of Paradise.
Ron and Paul headed up the Deadhorse trail.
This picture of the summit of Mt. Rainier shows the Nisqually Glacier coming down the mountain through the lower left hand corner of the picture.
Keep in mind that that patch of snow is in the sun and this is the end of September.
This is the end Nisqually Glacier. At this point the glacier is full of sand and rocks giving it this gray color. The glacier also has a lot of cracks in it.
Click on a thumbnail above to see a larger version of the picture.
The pictures in this gallery were taken with a Sony DCR-PC100 1-mega pixel camera. Email me if you would like a higher resolution version of any of these pictures.