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And... we're off! This is designated as a wilderness area, and groups were limited to twelve people. We numbered fourteen so we broke up into two separate groups.
I hope the presence of the two women on the trail will give you an idea of the vastness of our surroundings.
We walked through forests, in open meadows, and alongside dramatic rock walls.
... with a great view.
During the second half of the hike, Mount Rainier dominated the horizon.
We passed several alpine lakes along the way.
Good view of Mount Adams to the south.
Breathtaking view of our famous volcano. I hope the blue ice in the glaciers shows up in the enlarged view of this picture.
The hike started and ended at Tipsoo Lake.
As a reward for our workout, we stopped at Wapiti Woolies. I had an ice cream sundae -- vanilla ice cream topped with local huckleberries.
More info and a map of the trail