Sunrise - Mount Rainier

June 29 2015 with Jackie and Elston Hill
This was our first time to Sunrise in Mount Rainier National Park. What a treat!

At an elevation of 6,400 feet, Sunrise is the highest point that can be reached by motor vehicle in Mount Rainier. As we neared
the top of the road, we were blown away by the views from the road.
Normally the road to Sunrise is not open until July. But this year, the snow is gone and flowers are blooming six weeks ahead of
schedule. Behind the restrooms in the parking lot are trails with superb views of The Mountain.
We arrived at 7:30 a.m. after a two hour
drive from our house. We were the only
ones on the trail. It had rained lightly the
night before so that tracks had been
erased. We could see that we were the first
ones up the trail. And, we saw almost no
one on the trails as we hiked for the next 3
1/2 hours In the picture below taken at
10:21 a.m,  the parking lot is still almost
empty.

Beware. Being close to Seattle, a ranger
tols us that  Sunrise is quite crowded on
weekends.

Also, keep in mind that trails starting at
6,400 feet can be quite challenging for
those who normally walk around at sea
level.
Wildflowers were great. Below are pictures in the order taken while we were on the trail.
As we got higher, we could see Mount Adams to the south.
We arrived back at the parking lot about 11 a.m. More people were arriving, but the parking lot was still mostly empty. It was
getting warm. The light was now too intense for pictures. It was time to leave.

The nearest camp ground to Sunrise is 12 miles away. There are many trails in the vicinity.