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Northern Loop — Friday, Oct. 1, 2021

Mount Rainier Area

I did the loop CCW, starting 6am from Sunrise.

The trails are all in excellent condition.

The bridges are all in place and easy to cross.

Sunrise parking area was icy in the early morning and Mystic Lake was starting to freeze (little sun there). There was no fresh snow anywhere along the trail.

The highlight for me was seeing the massive Carbon Glacier terminus.

There were some good blueberries still on the approach to Lake James.


Jane P on Northern Loop

You did Northern Loop in a day?

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Jane P on Oct 02, 2021 09:05 PM

Martin Bravenboer on Northern Loop

Yeah. I think it is not uncommon among trail runners to do this in a day (ultra races are even longer). I did walk it though because I was carrying a large camera and more safety gear due to being solo and the shorter days. It took me 14 hours. I had plenty of time to take photos, although I wish I had more time to wait for clouds to clear around Mystic Lake.

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Martin Bravenboer on Oct 03, 2021 06:18 AM