Paradise at Rainier 2013


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We walked the trail past Myrtle Falls, up the Golden Gate trail, east along the Skyline trail, and looped back along Skyline trail to Myrtle Falls to complete our loop from Paradise Inn. 9/11/13On the trail between Paradise Inn and Myrtle Falls 9/11/13On the trail between Paradise Inn and Myrtle Falls 9/11/13On the trail between Paradise Inn and Myrtle Falls. Barely visible in upper center is Sluiskin Falls. 9/11/13 On the trail between Paradise Inn and Myrtle Falls. Pearly Everlasting. 9/11/13At Myrtle Falls, near the Paradise Inn at Mt Rainier NP. Fran waves from the bridge. 9/11/13At Myrtle Falls, near the Paradise Inn at Mt Rainier NP. The bridge above the falls is a popular scene, visted by most everyone who comes to the Paradise area. 9/11/13At Myrtle Falls, near the Paradise Inn at Mt Rainier NP. The bridge above the falls is a popular scene, visted by most everyone who comes to the Paradise area. 9/11/13 At Myrtle Falls, near the Paradise Inn at Mt Rainier NP. Edith Creek is teh water source for Paradise Inn, and forms Myrtle Falls as well. 9/11/13Edith Creek, above Myrtle Falls, near the Paradise Inn at Mt Rainier NP 9/11/13Edith Creek, above Myrtle Falls, near the Paradise Inn at Mt Rainier NP 9/11/13From Myrtle Falls up to the Skyline Trail, via the Golden Gate Trail. Fireweed is still in bloom up here. 9/11/13 From Myrtle Falls up to the Skyline Trail, via the Golden Gate Trail. Many patches of Western Pasqueflower are along our route. 9/11/13From Myrtle Falls up to the Skyline Trail, via the Golden Gate Trail. Western Pasqueflower 9/11/13From Myrtle Falls up to the Skyline Trail, via the Golden Gate Trail. I asked Fran to pause quite often as we climbed toward the Skyline Trail. 9/11/13From Myrtle Falls up to the Skyline Trail, via the Golden Gate Trail. Western Pasqueflower 9/11/13 From Myrtle Falls up to the Skyline Trail, via the Golden Gate Trail. Blue Gentian. 9/11/13From Myrtle Falls up to the Skyline Trail, via the Golden Gate Trail. I found Mt Rainier to be a compelling view every time I looked up as we walked along. 9/11/13From Myrtle Falls up to the Skyline Trail, via the Golden Gate Trail. This is the reservoir on Edith Creek, that captures the pure water for the Paradise Inn below. 9/11/13From Myrtle Falls up to the Skyline Trail, via the Golden Gate Trail. This zig zag trail in the distance leads to the intersection with the Skyline Trail. Edith Creek is seen cascading down at the top left. 9/11/13 From Myrtle Falls up to the Skyline Trail, via the Golden Gate Trail. This zig zag trail in the distance leads to the intersection with the Skyline Trail. Edith Creek is seen cascading down at the top left. 9/11/13From Myrtle Falls up to the Skyline Trail, via the Golden Gate Trail. Marmots were frequent next to the trail as we climbed higher. 9/11/13From Myrtle Falls up to the Skyline Trail, via the Golden Gate Trail. The marmots here are unafraid of hikers! 9/11/13From Myrtle Falls up to the Skyline Trail, via the Golden Gate Trail. Fran took my camera away.... 9/11/13 From Myrtle Falls up to the Skyline Trail, via the Golden Gate Trail. These marmots were close by as we walked along. 9/11/13From Myrtle Falls up to the Skyline Trail, via the Golden Gate Trail. Fran rounds the corner of the first switchback in the zig zag portion of the trail. 9/11/13From Myrtle Falls up to the Skyline Trail, via the Golden Gate Trail. Neat blooms becoming seeds, don't know their name (heather or heath?) 9/11/13From Myrtle Falls up to the Skyline Trail, via the Golden Gate Trail. Fran nearing another switchback close to Edith Creek. 9/11/13 From Myrtle Falls up to the Skyline Trail, via the Golden Gate Trail. Fran at a trail switchback next to Edith Creek. 9/11/13From Myrtle Falls up to the Skyline Trail, via the Golden Gate Trail. Edith Creek cascading down from the Skyline crest. 9/11/13From Myrtle Falls up to the Skyline Trail, via the Golden Gate Trail. Approaching the intersection with the Skyline Trail. 9/11/13From Myrtle Falls up to the Skyline Trail, via the Golden Gate Trail. Looking back down the zig zag portion of the trail we've climbed. 9/11/13 From Myrtle Falls up to the Skyline Trail, via the Golden Gate Trail. <br />Fran, approaching the intersection with the Skyline Trail. 9/11/13From Myrtle Falls up to the Skyline Trail, via the Golden Gate Trail. I think that peak between the closer ones is Mt Adams. 9/11/13From Myrtle Falls up to the Skyline Trail, via the Golden Gate Trail. Paradise Valley, east of Paradise Inn. 9/11/13From Myrtle Falls up to the Skyline Trail, via the Golden Gate Trail. Paradise Valley, east of Paradise Inn. A helicopter was filling his bucket with water to fight a local fire! 9/11/13 From Myrtle Falls up to the Skyline Trail, via the Golden Gate Trail. The last switchback as we climb a short distance to the Skyline Trail. 9/11/13On the Skyline Trail going back down to Myrtle Falls, Mt Rainier NP. We finally reached the Skyline Trail... 9/11/13On the Skyline Trail going back down to Myrtle Falls, Mt Rainier NP. Ron gets in a picture now and then. 9/11/13On the Skyline Trail going back down to Myrtle Falls, Mt Rainier NP. Paintbrush lends color here. 9/11/13 On the Skyline Trail going back down to Myrtle Falls, Mt Rainier NP. Skyline is a very apt name. 9/11/13On the Skyline Trail going back down to Myrtle Falls, Mt Rainier NP. Rich color of the paintbrush. 9/11/13On the Skyline Trail going back down to Myrtle Falls, Mt Rainier NP. There was no snow on the trail, unlike a previous viist at this time of year. 9/11/13On the Skyline Trail going back down to Myrtle Falls, Mt Rainier NP. It turns out that Fran couldn't resist going onto this snow! 9/11/13 On the Skyline Trail going back down to Myrtle Falls, Mt Rainier NP. Rock, Lupine and Paintbrush, a nice grouping. 9/11/13On the Skyline Trail going back down to Myrtle Falls, Mt Rainier NP. Fran cools down.... 9/11/13On the Skyline Trail going back down to Myrtle Falls, Mt Rainier NP. Getting back up can be hard to do. 9/11/13On the Skyline Trail going back down to Myrtle Falls, Mt Rainier NP. One more step and she will be back on dry land. 9/11/13 On the Skyline Trail going back down to Myrtle Falls, Mt Rainier NP. We saw lots more hikers climbing this part of the trail as we descended. 9/11/13On the Skyline Trail going back down to Myrtle Falls, Mt Rainier NP. We are ready to resume our downhill walk. 9/11/13On the Skyline Trail going back down to Myrtle Falls, Mt Rainier NP. Quite lovely views along this section of trail. 9/11/13On the Skyline Trail going back down to Myrtle Falls, Mt Rainier NP. Rewarding stretches of trail lay before us. 9/11/13 On the Skyline Trail going back down to Myrtle Falls, Mt Rainier NP. Many others have traveled this trail each year. 9/11/13On the Skyline Trail going back down to Myrtle Falls, Mt Rainier NP 9/11/13On the Skyline Trail going back down to Myrtle Falls, Mt Rainier NP. Flower gardens along the streams... 9/11/13On the Skyline Trail going back down to Myrtle Falls, Mt Rainier NP. This is a favorite vantage point for me. 9/11/13 On the Skyline Trail going back down to Myrtle Falls, Mt Rainier NP. Paradise is almost full today... hard to find parking! 9/11/13On the Skyline Trail going back down to Myrtle Falls, Mt Rainier NP. Fran is about to start the steeper descent going back down to Paradise. 9/11/13On the Skyline Trail going back down to Myrtle Falls, Mt Rainier NP. Asters are abundant! 9/11/13On the Skyline Trail going back down to Myrtle Falls, Mt Rainier NP. Fran does some tall rock steps. 9/11/13 On the Skyline Trail going back down to Myrtle Falls, Mt Rainier NP. There are many distracting views as we go down the trail. 9/11/13On the Skyline Trail going back down to Myrtle Falls, Mt Rainier NP. Stair steps require attention to avoid falls. 9/11/13On the Skyline Trail going back down to Myrtle Falls, Mt Rainier NP. Little chipmonk looked like he has begged treats in the past! (not allowed) 9/11/13On the Skyline Trail going back down to Myrtle Falls, Mt Rainier NP. Unafraid critter.... 9/11/13 On the Skyline Trail going back down to Myrtle Falls, Mt Rainier NP. We cross a rocky meadow. 9/11/13On the Skyline Trail going back down to Myrtle Falls, Mt Rainier NP. Fuzzy seeds ready for the next wind to carry them along. 9/11/13On the Skyline Trail going back down to Myrtle Falls, Mt Rainier NP. Bridges make the water crossing easy. 9/11/13On the Skyline Trail going back down to Myrtle Falls, Mt Rainier NP. Fran took my camera away again. 9/11/13 On the Skyline Trail going back down to Myrtle Falls, Mt Rainier NP. Yet another pause in the walk. 9/11/13On the Skyline Trail going back down to Myrtle Falls, Mt Rainier NP. A relatively easy water crossing. 9/11/13On the Skyline Trail going back down to Myrtle Falls, Mt Rainier NP. An island of flowers. 9/11/13On the Skyline Trail going back down to Myrtle Falls, Mt Rainier NP. A brief uphill beore dropping off the higher parts of the trail. 9/11/13 On the Skyline Trail going back down to Myrtle Falls, Mt Rainier NP. Another hiker took our picture at this monument to earlier explorers. 9/11/13On the Skyline Trail going back down to Myrtle Falls, Mt Rainier NP 9/11/13<br /><br />upper left: <br />SITE OF THE CAMP FROM WHICH <br />GENERAL HAZARD STEVENS <br />AND P.B. VAN TRUMP <br />MADFE THE ASCENT <br />OF THIS MOUNTAIN <br />17 AUGUST 1870<br /> <br />upper right: <br />SLUISKIN <br />INDIAN GUIDE <br />WAITED HERE FOR <br />THE CLIMBERS <br />RETURN<br /><br />second stone on right:<br />PLACE IDENTIFIED<br />BY GENERAL<br />HAZARD STEVENS<br />17 AUGUIST 1918<br /><br />lowest stone on left:<br />ERECTED BY<br />THE<br />MOUNTAINEERS<br />AND THE<br />MAZAMAS<br />1921On the Skyline Trail going back down to Myrtle Falls, Mt Rainier NP. The stream above Sluiskin Falls. 9/11/13On the Skyline Trail going back down to Myrtle Falls, Mt Rainier NP. More Asters. 9/11/13 On the Skyline Trail going back down to Myrtle Falls, Mt Rainier NP. Blue Gentians. 9/11/13On the Skyline Trail going back down to Myrtle Falls, Mt Rainier NP. Paradise Inn. 9/11/13On the Skyline Trail going back down to Myrtle Falls, Mt Rainier NP 9/11/13On the Skyline Trail going back down to Myrtle Falls, Mt Rainier NP. Fran rests while I take pictures. 9/11/13 On the last return portion of the Skyline trail back to Myrtle Falls at Paradise, Mt Rainier NP. Asters. 9/11/13On the last return portion of the Skyline trail back to Myrtle Falls at Paradise, Mt Rainier NP. Fran crosses a bridge over the stream below Sluiskin Falls. 9/11/13On the last return portion of the Skyline trail back to Myrtle Falls at Paradise, Mt Rainier NP. The stream below Sluiskin Falls. 9/11/13On the last return portion of the Skyline trail back to Myrtle Falls at Paradise, Mt Rainier NP. The stream below Sluiskin Falls. One leg of the bridge support is hanging in thin air! 9/11/13 On the last return portion of the Skyline trail back to Myrtle Falls at Paradise, Mt Rainier NP. Ron on the bridge over the stream below Sluiskin Falls. 9/11/13On the last return portion of the Skyline trail back to Myrtle Falls at Paradise, Mt Rainier NP. Fran is ready to climb the last uphill before we get back to Myrtle Falls. 9/11/13On the last return portion of the Skyline trail back to Myrtle Falls at Paradise, Mt Rainier NP. Two bees and a fly enjoy these flowers. 9/11/13On the last return portion of the Skyline trail back to Myrtle Falls at Paradise, Mt Rainier NP. The stream below Sluiskin Falls. 9/11/13 On the last return portion of the Skyline trail back to Myrtle Falls at Paradise, Mt Rainier NP. Paradise Valley. 9/11/13On the last return portion of the Skyline trail back to Myrtle Falls at Paradise, Mt Rainier NP. A stretch of uphill trail before we get back to Myrtle Falls. 9/11/13On the last return portion of the Skyline trail back to Myrtle Falls at Paradise, Mt Rainier NP. Paintbrush is a bright contrast against the greens. 9/11/13On the last return portion of the Skyline trail back to Myrtle Falls at Paradise, Mt Rainier NP. There it is, the bridge above Myrtle Falls. 9/11/13 On the last return portion of the Skyline trail back to Myrtle Falls at Paradise, Mt Rainier NP. We trudge our way back to the bridge over Edith Creek. 9/11/13On the last return portion of the Skyline trail back to Myrtle Falls at Paradise, Mt Rainier NP. There is a trail on the east side of Alta Vista, as seen from Myrtle Falls. 9/11/13On the last return portion of the Skyline trail back to Myrtle Falls at Paradise, Mt Rainier NP. More fireweed. 9/11/13On the last return portion of the Skyline trail back to Myrtle Falls at Paradise, Mt Rainier NP. Edith Creek at the top of Myrtle Falls. 9/11/13 On the last return portion of the Skyline trail back to Myrtle Falls at Paradise, Mt Rainier NP. The classic view above Myrtle Falls that everyone records on their visit here. 9/11/13Back at the Paradise Inn, Mt Rainier NP. Fran didn't really eat these over-ripe berries. 9/11/13Back at the Paradise Inn, Mt Rainier NP. Oh yeah! Back to the land of ice cream again. 9/11/13The Visitor Center at Paradise, Mt Rainier NP. A view from the vistor center... nice place. 9/11/13 The Visitor Center at Paradise, Mt Rainier NP 9/11/13The Visitor Center at Paradise, Mt Rainier NP <br />Picture is of the Western Pasqueflower... Many of the other common names for this plant: (Dishmop, Towhead Baby, Old Man of the Mountains, Mouse-on-a-stick, Moptop) describe its appearance when it reaches a full seed stage of growth.The Visitor Center at Paradise, Mt Rainier NP 9/11/13The Visitor Center at Paradise, Mt Rainier NP (on 12th anniversary of Sept 11, 2001) 9/11/13

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