Rainier Paradise 2014

Images from my Canon G15  camera.    WA locations   ....Paradise,  Mt Rainier NP, WA    9/12/2014

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Inside the lodge at Paradise, Mt Rainier, WA 09/12/14We shared a chocolate bun and coffee before venturing forth up the mountain. Paradise, Mt Rainier, WA 09/12/14Historic images, Paradise, Mt Rainier, WA 09/12/14 Old times at Paradise, Mt Rainier, WA 09/12/14The moon over the Visitor Center, Paradise, Mt Rainier, WA 09/12/14Always a super view from Paradise, Mt Rainier, WA 09/12/14The lodge at Paradise, Mt Rainier, WA 09/12/14 A well camoflaged grouse at Paradise, Mt Rainier, WA 09/12/14Aw, that should be an easy climb for experienced hikers. \nParadise, Mt Rainier, WA 09/12/14Asters everywhere. Paradise, Mt Rainier, WA 09/12/14A bit late, but lots of flowers still in sight. Paradise, Mt Rainier, WA 09/12/14 Climbing he hills was breathtaking, really. Paradise, Mt Rainier, WA 09/12/14Going gets steep in spots. Paradise, Mt Rainier, WA 09/12/14Looking back at the winding trail we've climbed so far. Paradise, Mt Rainier, WA 09/12/14He flew before I could catch him sitting still.... Paradise, Mt Rainier, WA 09/12/14 After a short struggle, I climbed this small rock! Paradise, Mt Rainier, WA 09/12/14What an accomplished rock climber! Paradise, Mt Rainier, WA 09/12/14Fran doesn't stay low very long.....Paradise, Mt Rainier, WA 09/12/14Another top achieved! Paradise, Mt Rainier, WA 09/12/14 Onward is the theme.... Paradise, Mt Rainier, WA 09/12/14The upper zig-zag trail to the SkyLine trail, where we've hiked in the past. Paradise, Mt Rainier, WA 09/12/14Well loaded for their trip, these backpackers are off on their march to the high country. Paradise, Mt Rainier, WA 09/12/14This is almost as high as we will get today. Paradise, Mt Rainier, WA 09/12/14 Fran likes it here. Paradise, Mt Rainier, WA 09/12/14Mt Hood in Oregon shows in the distance. Paradise, Mt Rainier, WA 09/12/14Nice falls across the canyon below Nisqually glacier. Paradise, Mt Rainier, WA 09/12/14Bunches of work parties on their way to the Skyline trail above. Paradise, Mt Rainier, WA 09/12/14 It can be quite strenuous carrying heavy packs over the tall steps at thin air altitudes. Paradise, Mt Rainier, WA 09/12/14In one sense it is good to see so many enjoying this place, but it isn't wilderness this way. Paradise, Mt Rainier, WA 09/12/14We are heading for a view of Nisqually glacier, and it takes a bit of effort for even that mild goal. Paradise, Mt Rainier, WA 09/12/14Another view of Mt Hood. Paradise, Mt Rainier, WA 09/12/14 This is a view of Mt St Helens, much less dusty than yesterday. Paradise, Mt Rainier, WA 09/12/14Still upward bound with a few dips along the way. Paradise, Mt Rainier, WA 09/12/14Oh oh, FRan found a patch of snow to play in.... Paradise, Mt Rainier, WA 09/12/14She couldn't resist being a kid again. Paradise, Mt Rainier, WA 09/12/14 I behave like an older kid.... Paradise, Mt Rainier, WA 09/12/14Yep, that is more of the trail we will take. Paradise, Mt Rainier, WA 09/12/14Here is an overlook that will show the long melted postions of NIsqually Glacier below, with a view of Mt Hood on the left. Paradise, Mt Rainier, WA 09/12/14That bridge below crosses the Nisqually River far below the present site of the Nisqually Glacier. Paradise, Mt Rainier, WA 09/12/14 Many others will continue the climb. Earlier I saw some people in that saddle on the right of the high point. We will turn back a short distace ahead on the trail that goes down to Alta Vista. Paradise, Mt Rainier, WA 09/12/14We will climb a bit longer to reach the intersection with the trail down to Alta Vista. Paradise, Mt Rainier, WA 09/12/14A last view of that tall waterfall below Nisqually Glacier. Paradise, Mt Rainier, WA 09/12/14We will go down that trail where the group people are seen (center of image) with Alta Vista farther down and slightly to the right. Our path will be down on the left of Alta Vista. Paradise, Mt Rainier, WA 09/12/14 This is a view of the top zig-zag trail that gets to the eastern part of the Skyline trail. Paradise, Mt Rainier, WA 09/12/14We find bits of color now and again. Paradise, Mt Rainier, WA 09/12/14More loaded backpackers coming up with Alta Vista in the background. Paradise, Mt Rainier, WA 09/12/14We have some downhill to do before we get to Alta Vista. Paradise, Mt Rainier, WA 09/12/14 This stretch of trail has lots of tall steps. Paradise, Mt Rainier, WA 09/12/14Meadow land around Alta Vista. Paradise, Mt Rainier, WA 09/12/14Fran is patient with me, as I pause so often for pictures. Paradise, Mt Rainier, WA 09/12/14Looking back is simply impressive every time. Paradise, Mt Rainier, WA 09/12/14 There she is again, wondering what is keeping me. Paradise, Mt Rainier, WA 09/12/14A few more stone steps before the trail gets smooth again. Paradise, Mt Rainier, WA 09/12/14I can remember this set of steps from past visits here. Paradise, Mt Rainier, WA 09/12/14That zig-zag trail is reached by going uphill north from the Myrtle Creek bridge. Paradise, Mt Rainier, WA 09/12/14 Fran is happy to be back in the neighborhood of Paradise. Paradise, Mt Rainier, WA 09/12/14As we walk past on the east side of Alta Vista,the Myrtle Creek Bridge uis seen below. Almost everyone who gets to Paradise will try to get to that bridge for the views. Paradise, Mt Rainier, WA 09/12/14Myrtle Creek above the bridge is the source of drinking water for the lodge below. I think the pipe input is located at that small dam below. Paradise, Mt Rainier, WA 09/12/14Neat buds... Paradise, Mt Rainier, WA 09/12/14 Seldom seen bridge without a few people around. Paradise, Mt Rainier, WA 09/12/14Here is an intersection of trails above the Myrtle Creek bridge. on the left it goes along the ziz-zag route to a high ridge, and if you stay to the east down that ridge you can make a loop back here on the trail you see above. Very recommended by me! Paradise, Mt Rainier, WA 09/12/14Sluiskin Falls at upper center of this view. Paradise, Mt Rainier, WA 09/12/14Sluiskin Falls also in center top of this view. Paradise, Mt Rainier, WA 09/12/14 Fran alongside Asters. Paradise, Mt Rainier, WA 09/12/14Back in easy reach of our car at Paradise, Mt Rainier, WA 09/12/14

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