Apr 29, 2012
May 01, 2012 04:21 PM
- Type of Outing
- Day hike
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Mt. Rainier -- SE - Longmire / Paradise
Eagle Peak from Rampart Ridge
The ridge top is still capped full length in snow but is mostly navigable without traction. One section down the rock slide is pocked with hip-deep postholes, but the rest of the trail is in great shape and spongy with hemlock and cedar duff.
On a tip from a fellow hiker, we also took time to marvel at the truly gigantic trees on the Twin Firs loop trail a few miles down the road, then stopped for a delicious Nepali lunch at the Wild Berry - courtesy of the Dawa Sherpa family.
"elk" tree stump
the real thing just before park entrance
looking down on Longmire Inn from the ridge