We thought it’d be fun to share three beginner hikes we have enjoyed at Rainier National Park since moving here in March. The best thing about living in Washington is definitely the scenery which is unparalleled in beauty to anywhere else we’ve ever lived. These hikes are in the order we completed them this year. I will be using the AllTrails App to rate each trail according to their standards.
Because we are new to the area, we weren’t aware how long snow stays up in Rainier National Park. My husband picked a trail for us to hike and by the time we got up there we realized that area of the park had literally just opened up that day and there was still TONS of snow on the ground. Since we weren’t really “equipped” to hike in the snow, we decided to come back down a ways and landed on the Crystal Lakes hike. We were able to park directly at the start of the trailhead where there is running water and a tiny little foot bridge to cross. The trail wasn’t very busy at all and we only saw a few others hiking the entire time. The scenery was beautiful and peaceful. Even though we saw several little streams running along the trail we didn’t see any wildlife.Unfortunately we didn’t make it to the lake at the turnaround point because of several reasons I won’t get into LOL. We plan on going back and doing the entire trail as soon as the roads are clear enough.
Length: 7.4 miles. Elevation Gain: 2,190 feet. Route Type: Out & Back
Crystal Mountain Gondola
To celebrate Father’s Day we decided to take the Crystal Mountain gondola atop which gives you an amazing view of Mt. Rainier and the surrounding mountains. The drive up to the gondola was beautiful but very curvy/windy. We were able to have a gondola to ourselves (the 4 of us) which was really nice. It is completely enclosed and we were able to have 360 degree views. At the top we were able to walk some small trails but it was pretty snow covered. The views were absolutely breathtaking. We ended up eating at the Summit House Restaurant which had excellent views and subpar food for the price. If you aren’t into hiking but want the views this is the perfect way to get them.
Since we didn’t really hike a specific trail I won’t list the stats but if you are interested in riding the gondola here is the link: https://www.crystalmountainresort.com/things-to-do/activities/mt-rainier-gondola
At the end of July we drove up to Paradise to hike down to Narada Falls. We hiked with friends who had their 3 year old with them and she did great! Of course this trail was easy at the beginning because we started out descending. It had beautiful views of streams/rivers, smaller waterfalls, and wildflowers. This trail got slightly busier the closer we got to the falls. Around the falls was pretty congested with people taking pictures but not terribly so. The hike back up was obviously more difficult, but again, a 3 year old did it! The time of year for this hike was perfect and the weather was incredible.
Length: 2.4 miles. Elevation Gain: 862 feet. Route Type: Out & Back.
We know this post is different than our typical posts in the past. BUT, we have really enjoyed exploring Washington and wanted to share some of our favorite beginner hikes at Rainier National Park so far. We hope you enjoyed it and feel inspired to get outside and enjoy the nature around!
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