Monday, August 12, 2019

Naches Peak Loop / Tipsoo Lake, Mount Rainier National Park

Each day hiking brings a new perspective. The last time I explored the Naches Peak Loop at Mount Rainier National Park, the day was sunny. Mount Rainier filled the horizon. On a recent visit, however, clouds shrouded the peak and it stayed hidden all day. The good news is that wildflowers lined the trail. On this hike my gaze focused on the beauty of the blooms and the path ahead.
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We walked over the Chinook Pass bridge. Wikipedia says: The Chinook Pass Entrance Arch marks the east entrance to Mount Rainier National Park. The rectangular log entry arch ... is one of several placed at the entrances to the park. It was designed in 1933 by the National Park Service Branch of Plans and Designs, and was built in 1936 by the Civilian Conservation Corps. The arch consists of two stone abutments carrying horizontal logs over the road. The arch functions as a bridge, carrying a horse trail, which is now part of the Pacific Crest Trail.


Into the mist, surrounded by wildflowers, evergreens, and rocks.



Beautiful alpine lake. Mount Rainier usually dominates the background, but not on this day.


To see this same hike on a sunny day, take a look at my blog post from three years ago: HERE.



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25 comments:

Carol @Comfort Spring Station said...

Hiking in misty mountains - kind of reminds me of my youth in the Smokies. Lovely photos

Colleen Looseleaf said...

Are they bluebonnets? I love the misty trail. I cried watching Old Yella when I was a girl too

Cloudia said...

Misty Lovely!

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Colleen: The blue flowers are lupine--cousins to Texas bluebonnets.

Cath said...

Even without mt Ranier dominating the horizon...it looks like a lovely place to walk

Phil Slade said...

Mount Rainier seems to be famous for other than its natural beauty. I prefer your version, misty or sunny.

eileeninmd said...

Hello,

Beautiful hike and photos. The wildflowers are lovely. It is a gorgeous park! Enjoy your day and week ahead! PS, thanks for visiting my blog.

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

We are planning for a hiking trip to Utah, and I just realized that you are the person I should have consulted before I bought my hiking shoes! You are the hiking expert, the best I know.

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I am so impressed by your hiking adventures. Beautiful scenes, too.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Deb Nance, about hiking shoes: I went to REI and told them I've had a problem with heel spurs. They recommended Oboz brand hiking shoes ("Sawtooth", low, waterproof), which have been great. I also wear Kuru sneakers as my walking shoes. As added protection, I use Superfeet insoles. These brands are not cheap, but I've had no heel pain since I've started using them. To me, they're well worth the expense.

Colleen L. Reece said...

Such gorgeous scenery. We are so blessed to live in this area of incredible beauty.

restlessjo said...

Thanks, Sandra :) :) Just got back from child minding. There's a romantic feel to being shrouded in fog, so long as it's not cold.

judy said...

Your photos and text are so vivid! I feel momentarily as though I'm there.

Tom said...

...we are fortunate to have several park here that were constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps. What a great gift that they are for so many generations of Americans and our visitors! Lovely images in this post, thank you.

Peabea Scribbles said...

Thank you so much for visiting Peabea Scribbles. Please feel free to link up each Tuesday at Pictorial Tuesday. I've never been to Mt. Rainier, but was fun to travel there through your photos. Have a great rest of the week.

Little Wandering Wren said...

Oh, how I would have loved to have joined you on this walk. Yes, the conditions are quite different from your previous trip but that's the beauty of nature, ever-changing. I love your misty, moody photos.
Happy Wanderings!
Wren x

Lady Fi said...

Such gorgeous shots!

Birgitta said...

Wonderful pictures!

Gattina said...

Looks beautiful even in the mist !

biebkriebels said...

You have real mountains, that is what always attracts me in other countries. To go up and have a view. Here it is mostly a horizon what you see.

Hootin' Anni said...

Misty days...beautiful! Wonderful images.

Sharon said...

The green really surprises me. I think of this area in snow, but of course that's melted! What a lovely place!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Gorgeous green misty magical walk!

Jackie McGuinness said...

I like fog. We are totally surrounded by it this morning. Between the heat and the rain, Lake Ontario has us covered.

Stewart M said...

I think that there is something rather special about walking on soft days like this. It's not all about sunshine and blue skies it it?

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne