After leaving Willow Campground, we drove to Mount Rainier National Park, Washington State. U.S.A. We camped for five days at Ohanapecosh Campground in Mount Rainier National Park. Please click on photos for larger images. Nikon ©
“One of the most iconic views of Mt. Rainier in the park can be found at Reflection Lakes. Summer and fall, sunrise and sunset, it is perhaps the single-most photographed view for both budding and experienced photographers, who return again and again. In summer, the lakes are bordered with wildflowers and come autumn, they are a mirror of fall color. Many consider this area to be the park at its best — colorful blooms, enchanting animal life, and scenic, awe-inspiring beauty of mountain peaks and alpine lakes.” –Visitrainier.com
“Ascending to 14,410 feet above sea level, Mount Rainier stands as an icon in the Washington landscape. An active volcano, Mount Rainier is the most glaciated peak in the contiguous U.S.A., spawning six major rivers. Subalpine wildflower meadows ring the icy volcano while ancient forest cloaks Mount Rainier’s lower slopes. Wildlife abounds in the park’s ecosystems. A lifetime of discovery awaits.” – Mount Rainier National Park
We were very fortunate that the weather was perfect. There is a $15 entrance fee, which is valid for seven days. There are many visitors over the weekend and dogs are not allowed on the trails.
Wildflowers. Please click on images for larger photos Nikon ©
“There are 25 major glaciers on Mount Rainier and numerous unnamed snow or ice patches.” – NPS.gov
“The Emmons Glacier has the largest area (4.3 square miles) and Carbon Glacier has the lowest terminus altitude (3,600 feet) of all glaciers in the contiguous 48 states. The Nisqually Glacier has shown dramatic changes in dimension within the last century (Heliker, Johnson and Hodge 1983).” – NPS.gov
“The Nisqually River is fed by the Nisqually Glacier on the southern side of Mt. Rainier. Heavy flooding in 2006 eroded the banks.” – Photoblog.mrussellphotography