August 27, 2014: Sunrise & Paradise, Mt. Rainier National Park, Washington

I spent the night in Enumclaw, Washington, and headed up to Sunrise (on the northeast side of Mt. Rainier) just after sunrise. I hiked up along the rim of the White River Valley to 1st Burroughs and 2nd Burroughs Mountains, then went cross-country to Skyscraper Mountain, then headed back to my car via Berkeley Park and the Sourdough Mountains (map). But the alpine tundra was pretty barren, and I needed more of a wildflower fix... so I drove down to Paradise, on the south side of the mountain. I spent the evening wandering the meadows between Paradise and Glacier Vista, and I discovered that as the sun goes down, the crowds thin out and the animals start appearing.

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