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.