mount rainier hike at mowich lake.

Last week a couple of friends and I made the two-hour trek south from Seattle for a stunning hike at Mount Rainier.  It’s unusual that the trailhead of a hike be almost as beautiful as the vistas from the top, but the view from the parking lot itself is worth the drive.  The hike starts at Mowich Lake, a glacier fed pool that is crystal clear and cerulean blue.  On the way up there are a couple of scenic outlook points to stop and stare at the majestic mountain, along with a misty waterfall.

The trail later opens up onto a meadow that looks like a scene out of The Sound of Music (Cue: “The Hills Are Alive”).  We picked a dry boulder amongst the patches of snow and posted up to eat our PB & J’s.  The scenery was so breathtaking that I even managed to forget we were sitting on the base of an active volcano.

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