Day 46: Mount Rainier National Park, Grove of the Patriarchs, Sunrise and Wildflowers…

Thursday, July 11, 2013. Packwood RV Park – Elevation 1,053 feet. Low temp at RV: 47 degrees. High in mid-60s and sunny.

We packed a picnic lunch and headed to Sunrise Visitor Center and the Grove of the Patriarchs at Mount Rainier. At the Grove of the Patriarchs trail, we walked a 1.1 mile trail into old growth trees in a boggy area along the Ohaneceposh River. We crossed the river on a suspension bridge and entered the grove. For a half mile, we were going by massive old trees: ancient Hemlocks, Cedars, and Douglas Firs. Some measure nearly 40 feet in circumference and tower nearly 300 feet tall.

We continued towards Sunrise and had a picnic lunch at Tipsoo Lake. I asked a ranger why the heavy picnic tables had no legs and he laughed and told me the weight of the snow pushes the table legs down into the ground. They get 20-30 feet of snow up here a year. The tables are made of heavy thick wood to keep them from splitting under the snow. We took a nature trail around the lake and flower meadows. The snow was recently retreating from the area and parts of the trail were still covered in snow. The first flowers of spring were starting to come up and cover the meadows.

We headed up the road to Sunrise and started seeing wildflowers along the roadside and beautiful views…

The drive back brought different views…

About Holly Ritger

I am retired, enjoying being a grandmother, traveling to National Parks and other interesting places in our RV with my husband of 43 years, and visiting with friends and family. Hobbies: photography, learning about wildflowers and birds, and trees, and reading from my kindle.
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5 Responses to Day 46: Mount Rainier National Park, Grove of the Patriarchs, Sunrise and Wildflowers…

  1. Kathy says:

    I have been enjoying all your blogs and photos, but this last entry from Mt. Rainier with wildflowers and old growth trees was absolutely magnificent. We may have a Washington State wedding about a year from now so maybe we can take some extra time there if the time of year is right.


    • Holly Ritger says:

      Definitely take some time to sightsee! We once had a 3 week anniversary trip (late 90s) where we flew out to Washington with all our camping gear and toured the state for 3 weeks in late September. It was beautiful that time of year too, and we are seeing things this trip we haven’t seen before. I have never seen the wildflowers like this… Who knew mid to late July was a great time to see them out here!


  2. tybeegal says:

    Great pictures Holly. I can see Mount Ranieer is a place to visit in all seasons.


  3. Kristina Plaas says:

    Oh gorgeous! You know I am loving all the wildflowers. 🙂


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