We started out at the Sunrise Visitor Center parking lot, then walked up to the Sourdough Trail. It's the horizontal line up on the hill. Maybe you can see a few tiny specks along the path. Hikers!
As the trail climbed, the views became more and more spectacular. One false step off the edge and you're in trouble!
A look back at the Sunrise visitor center and parking lot. I love the "ruffle" of clouds across Mount Rainier's peak.
Patches of snow blocked the path to the top of Dege Peak. Although we could have climbed up anyhow, we were concerned about more snow near the top and slippery footing on the way back down. Next time we'll try for the summit.
As a side hike, we also walked to the Emmons Glacier Vista. According to the National Park Service website:
Emmons Glacier has the largest area of any glacier in the contiguous United States, although the Carbon Glacier has a greater volume of ice. The glacier descends from the summit into the White River Valley.
A highlight of the hike--seeing a male sooty grouse puff up and call for a mate (per the ranger we saw on the trail). His "whoop, whoop" is a distinctive call I'll never forget.
What a glorious day for a hike!
More info about Sunrise area trails HERE.
Curious about Mount Rainier's glaciers? You'll find info HERE.