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Paradise, Glacier Vista Snowshoe — Feb 08, 2014 — Fat Matt
Day hike
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Snow was falling while I was up there. The clouds opened up near the apex of the journey. There we...
Snow was falling while I was up there. The clouds opened up near the apex of the journey. There were a number of groups gathered near the summit of the trail waiting to go up. There has not been much snow this year (2014) so the number of snow shoeing locations is rather small. Great shoe overall.
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Paradise, Edith Creek Basin, Skyline Trail Loop — Feb 02, 2014 — Nutmeg
Snowshoe/XC Ski
Issues: Snow on trail | Avalanche danger
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Finally!!!! There is SNOW at RAINIER!!!! And we had the mountain basically to ourselves after about ...
Finally!!!! There is SNOW at RAINIER!!!! And we had the mountain basically to ourselves after about 1/4 mile in as everyone else seemed to be otherwise engaged on this Superbowl Sunday. I wonder why.

Though the mist rolled in right around lunch to occlude the mountain, the powdery paradise beneath us made up for limited views. As the sun and wind fought valiantly to reveal wily Tahoma, we were treated to a landscape of shifting cloud, light, blue, and white that mesmerized and entranced us (as well as challenging our routefinding abilities!). Pics are at http://www.flickr.com/[…]/.
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Paradise — Jan 05, 2014 — Lochness
Day hike
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What a great day to spend a clear Sunday morning! We had a fantastic time snowshoeing, what I would ...
What a great day to spend a clear Sunday morning! We had a fantastic time snowshoeing, what I would call, a short distance to have lunch in the snow. There is plenty of space to get away from all the other shoe'rs and XC skiers, even on this busy Sunday. Glad we found snow!
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Edith Creek Basin, Skyline Trail Loop, Paradise — Jan 01, 2014 — Nutmeg
Snowshoe/XC Ski
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Not even the crowds or the lack of snow could mar the splendor of this New Year’s Day at Mt. Raini...
Not even the crowds or the lack of snow could mar the splendor of this New Year’s Day at Mt. Rainier. The first glorious view of Tahoma replaced the cloak of dreary, grey fog with a tapestry of stunning vistas set against a cobalt sky, drenched with the scent of sun-warmed alpine evergreens. It doesn’t get much better than this! Pics of this magnificent day (and our glory-induced giddiness) are at: http://www.flickr.com/[…]/.

The gate to Paradise is now open daily (conditions permitting) from 9-5. The lot was already ¾ full when we arrived at 10:30. The road was snow-free, though everyone is required to carry chains. There was about an inch of quickly-melting fresh snow on top of a somewhat alarmingly shallow and icy base. We used snowshoes, and they helped on slopes, but boots alone did not sink in (even jumping), so compacted is the little snow that’s here. Many rocks I’ve never seen above snow after November are visible and the trees virtually snow-free. The way up Edith Creek Basin, down via Skyline Trail are tracked to make a superhighway even I could not miss. I think it was partly so crowded because a lot of people who would have been skiing came to Paradise instead. There were a few crazy souls skiing and snowboarding. The scrape as they gathered speed FAST over ice made me mentally chant, “Don’t fall! Do not fall!!!!” Many hikers went to Panorama Point, some glissading on the way down (a couple on the way up by accident, too).
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Paradise — Aug 14, 2013 — Searching for DL
Day hike
Features: Wildflowers blooming
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Successful trip to catch wildflowers and Rainier before the clouds rolled in again. Got a late star...
Successful trip to catch wildflowers and Rainier before the clouds rolled in again. Got a late start at 9:30 and didn't get to Paradise until after noon. Lots of people and the parking lots were full. I parked a little ways down the road to the Lakes. Flowers dominated by lupine, buckwheat, and magenta paintbrush. Saw some gentian, penstamine, flox, cincfoil and others. Lots of people up to glacier view, and panorama point. Crowds thinned out along Skyline, Golden Gate and Edith Creek trails. Hiked part of the way with Austrians and half the way with Germans. Delightful day in spite of the large number of people. Two and a half hours hiking. Returned via Steven's Canyon. Well worth the extra hour of driving. That route back to Seattle is much more scenic and has much less traffic. Besides I hate the interminable un-synchronized lights on the South Hill in Puyallup.
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Location
Mt. Rainier -- SE - Longmire / Paradise
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Day Hiking: Mt. Rainier National Park Trails (Nelson & Bauer - Mountaineers Books)

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