Sunrise, Mount Rainier
July 8, 2007. Second day of a two day trip to Rainier. My intent was to
arrive early enough to catch the sunrise, but not having had an alpine
start for nearly a year, it was hard to get out of bed. :P Nonetheless,
I was able to make it up to Sunrise Point in time for one awesome sunrise.
There was a low layer of clouds below the peaks
which made the view, which already includes Adams, Little Tahoma,
and Rainer, even more impressive. Of course, I didn't take any
pictures and instead tried my luck to make it to the parking lot in time.
Just a few minutes later, the sun was already glaring and the view
from anywhere near the lot isn't that great anyway. Oh well. It
turned out that hiking in early was a good idea anyway since
a marine layer started moving in by 9 AM. After visiting Burroughs Mountain
(one, two, and three, though the third was socked in), Mt. Fremont,
and the Sourdough Ridge trail, I left by noon, just as tourists
started arriving in force. (9+ miles round trip, 1800+ ft. gain)
Burroughs Mountain Trail
Early morning with Little Tahoma and The Emmons Glacier.
(1) North face of Rainier. (2) Little Tahoma. (3) The climbing
route up to the Emmons Glacier is actually visible.
Some panoramas from along the barren trail. Here's one to the
North with Skyscraper Mountian, Grand Park, Mount Fremont, and
the cascades. (1) The tundra-like trail. (2) 360 showing a storm
front moving in. (3) Me at Burroughs Two.
By the time I got close to Burroughs Three, it was socked in.
The summit is just behind that cloud on the right which I was
content just tagging. (1) I waited at this spot a little below
Burroughs Three looking down toward
the Carbon River for almost an hour to see if the clouds would
depart. You can see that Burroughs Two (left) was also socked
in by now. But alas, no such luck, so I headed back.
Touch a Cloud:
I suppose it shouldn't have been surprising that I could reach
up an touch some puffy clouds since I was just in one, but it
was still pretty cool. (1) Flowers and Little Tahoma.
(2) Flowers, Little Tahoma, and Rainier. (3) Phlox and Rainier.
Mount Fremont Trail
As you can see, it turned out to be another typical Northwest type
of day, making the outlook appear pretty sad.
(1) But here's some pretty Indian Paintbrush along the way.
(2) And some more flowers! (3) And even more. (Happy yet? :)
Apparently, the newly repaired roof already flew away.
(1) 360 panorama. (2) Zoom in of Grand Park with some
Sourdough Ridge Trail
An unnamed bump in the Huckleberry Basin to the north.
Not much more to see on this trail, just another way back
to the lot from Frozen Lake.
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