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Posts tagged Mount Rainier National Park

Waterfall Wednesday

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Narada Falls (Mount Rainier National Park)

Goat Rocks Fire from Mt. Rainier National Park

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Goat Rocks Fire from Stevens Canyon Road (September 16, 2022)

As mentioned previously, the Goat Rocks Fire nearly ruined our long-planned trip to Mount Rainier. The fire began a few days before we arrived, and the poor air quality peaked on the day of our arrival. Luckily, it got much better each day we were there. By the time I took today’s photo, five days later, the smoke was only visible when directly looking at the affected area.

Marmota caligata

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Hoary marmot on Golden Gate Trail in Mount Rainier National Park

You can see a bit of the Tatoosh Range in the background (as well as some smoke from the Goat Rocks Fire).

Snow Lake

Snow Lake in Mount Rainier National Park

Today’s photo comes from near the end of the Bench and Snow Lake Trail in Mount Rainier National Park.

Tatoosh Range from Golden Gate Trail

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7-photo photomerged panorama in Mount Rainier National Park

The above photo was taken on Monday, September 12, 2022. We were a bit fortunate on our trip to Mt. Rainier as the smoke situation got better, instead of worse, after we arrived on September 11. We thought about canceling but are glad we didn’t. That said, on Thursday of the same week, we did one of the most spectacular hikes in the park entirely in a cloud and, hence, couldn’t see much. A park volunteer said it was the worst day for visibility from the Sunrise Rim Trail Loop and Mount Fremont Lookout all year.

AQI in Mount Rainier National Park

Landscape turned wildlife photo

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Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel on Mount Rainier (September 2022)

While framing Mount Rainier for a photo, this squirrel decided to jump in the frame and strike a pose before I pressed the shutter release.