Mt. Rainier & Mt. Saint Helens

July 30-August 2, 2016
We spent 5 days exploring this gorgeous area. I'd never been
to Mt. Rainier and only been to Mt. Saint Helens' west side. This
time we went to the east side, Windy Ridge, which gets you one
mile closer to the mountain and offers spectacular views of
Spririt Lake and the logs that are still floating 36 years after
the eruption. Everywhere we went the wildflowers were in
bloom. We camped at La Wis Wis Campground on the Gifford
Pinchot National Forest which has huge trees and a beautiful
swimming hole called Blue Hole. We hiked the Tipsoo Lake and
Naches Peak Loop on Saturday and chatted with some nice
hikers on their last leg of the PCT. That evening we hiked to the
Grove of Patriarchs where 1,000 year old Western Red Cedar
and Douglas Fir trees live.  On Sunday we went to Windy Ridge
and also hiked to Iron Creek Falls.  On Monday we hiked around
the Paradise area of Mt. Rainier.  We visited the Mt. Rainier
Railroad Dining Car and had dinner. It was a great trip!
This first set of photos is from La Wis Wis
Campground, which is situated in beautiful old-growth
cedar and Douglas fir forest, and the Ohanapecosh
River and Clear Fork of the Cowlitz River create an
idyllic setting
On to next part of trip - Mt. Rainier

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