Hanging meadow beneath Mount Rainier at sunset. Wildflowers were in full bloom near Sunrise visitor which lies in the rain shadow region of the mountain.
Meadows dotted with beautiful wildflowers greet the visitors near the Sunrise visitor center, situated on the eastern side of the park.
After 2.5 hours of driving from Seattle, I was setting up my tent at the White River campground in Mount Rainier NP. Camping sites were easily available on a first come-first serve basis; a fresh change from the busy campgrounds in the Sierra Nevada, especially from Yosemite National Park. I had already prepared lunch: a pair of cheese-tomato-cucumber sandwiches and with apples, energy bars and water in my car, I was all set to explore and enjoy Mt. Rainier National Park for a day. It was an exhausting, enthralling and rejuvenating experience; presented here in form of this photo essay.
Mt. Rainier rises over lush green conifers. Fertile soil and plenty of rain results in thick forest cover all over the national park.
Maple trees blossom among the old giant trees in Mt. Rainier NP.
Milky waters of the beautiful Ohanapecosh river. The river plunges down a cliff giving rise to roaring Silver Falls.
Trail to Silver falls. Being a weekday, there were relatively less people and I could easily feel the silence of solitude
Reflection lakes and Mount Rainier. Wildflowers lined the road from Ohanapecosh to Paradise visitor center
As of Aug. 17 2011, wildflowers were just popping out and most trails in Paradise area were still snow covered!!
Myrtle falls beneath Mount Rainier. A short walk from Paradise visitor center takes you to this vista
Mount Adams, lit by alpenglow, is seen at a distance. It is easily visible from 'Sunrise Vista' which is on the way to the Sunrise visitor center.
Star trails over Mount Rainier. The mountain glows in moon light.
Big Dipper hangs over a moon lit meadow, near Sunrise visitor center.
Mount Rainier and waning gibbous moon at Sunrise
Wildflowers bloom beneath Mount Rainier. The mountain glows golden on a beautiful summer morning.
After experiencing and photographing a sunrise, I came back to my campsite and before heading back to Seattle, I decided to quickly explore the glacier moraines. The trail starts from White River campground itself and it was a beautiful 2.5-3 miles of hike (roundtrip)
On the trail , I found this beautiful cascade. Small streams and waterfalls are found everywhere in this region, thanks to plenty of precipitaion both in form of rain and snow