Destinations: Wonderland Trail

John says: As we prepare to leave Seattle, we’re trying to revisit some of our favorite places. For me, that means hitting the trail at Mount Rainier while I still can.

This week I hiked to Summerland on the Wonderland Trail, set up camp and then day-hiked to Panhandle Gap, one of the most scenic places on the 93-mile trail. It’s a gorgeous place.

I love this high-alpine basin, and I’ll miss it.

Meadow
The hike up to Summerland on the Wonderland Trail passes through some sub-alpine meadows.
PanhandleClimb
The climb to Panhandle Gap.
PanhandleLake
The lakes are still snow-covered in the high alpine.
Panhandletop
Panhandle Gap offers expansive views.
Falls2
Waterfalls are everywhere in the alpine basin above Summerland.

 

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