Mount Rainier, Washington, USA
August 2005
 


The view of Mount Rainier from 2 miles above Paradise

Date:  August 19 to 28, 2005

Trip:  Olympic Peninsula, WA, summit Mount Rainier, WA at 14,410 ft (4,392m), and Portland, OR.

As the weather was not good at Mt. Rainier when we first landed out west we decided to see the Olympic Peninsula for a few days until the weather improved.  We climbed Mt. Rainier then went on at Mt. Saint Helens and back to Portland where we went for a sail on the Columbia River.

Robert & Jane:  This was Robert's last High Point of the lower 48.  Jane had done about 11 High Points, including Mt. Hood, OR and Gannett Peak, WY.  This report was written by Jane

Weather:  The north west states had seen very little precipitation this summer so Mt. Rainier had very little snow on it.
 

 

Sunrise from Old Fort Townsend Campground.

We flew from Atlanta, GA, to Portland, OR on Friday night then spent the night at Robert's brother's house in Portland.  The next morning we headed for the Olympic Peninsula in Washington.  We drove anticlockwise around the peninsula, stopping at Old Fort Townsend to camp the first night.
 


Land's end at Neah Bay, Washington.  The most westerly tip of the USA.

We stopped at Townsend to see some of the old Victorian architecture then drove on to Neah Bay.  In the town we saw a sign advertising fresh smoked salmon so we stopped and bought a piece from the Indian guy who was making them.  It was still warm and incredibly nice.  We snacked on that while driving out to Cape Flattery.  When we got to the trailhead we discovered that we needed a permit so we drove the 7 miles back to town, bought a permit and drove back to Cape Flattery.

It was an easy walk out to the point through lush rainforst.  There were several people at the point, enjoying the cool breeze and birds flying overhead.  We had lunch at one of the outlooks then headed back to the car.
 


Kalaloch Beach, Washington

We drove south on Rt 101 to Kalaloch and stopped to walk on the beach. The mist was thick so that we could see only partially up the beach.  It was cool and breezy but lots of people were out walking their dogs and playing on the beach.

That night we camped at Willaby Campground in a lovely site right next to Lake Quinault.  The next morning we walked the short trail through the rainforest which was quite interesting.  We saw many huge trees with moss growing over eveything.  After that we headed east to the Mt. Rainier area and camped at Cougar Rock Campground.

 
Olympic Peninsula Mt Rainier - Starting Out Summit Day Heading Down Mt St Helens & Sailing

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