Yesterday Chris, Brett, and I went snowshoeing at Mount Rainier. It was my first time both at Mount Rainier and snowshoeing but it won’t be my last.
Fun fact – did you know you can rent snowshoes (and presumably skies too) from REI? And it’s well worth being an REI member as rentals are half off for members.
We left Seattle around 9:45a and got there a bit after noon. It snows enough in Mount Rainier National Park that you either need AWD, chains, or both depending on road conditions. We were lucky that Chris’s vehicle is AWD and the roads were decent as we didn’t have chains. Note that park rangers have checkpoints to ensure you have the right vehicle/chains before allowing you to continue. It was after bypassing one of these checkpoints that Park Ranger Margaret Anderson pulled over Benjamin Colton Barnes and was shot and killed just a week ago. The park was closed and only opened yesterday. The $15 park admission was waived in her memory.
We parked at Narada Falls1 and hiked up to Reflection Lake, which was covered in snow and not reflecting much of anything. The weather was overcast and periodically lightly snowing but altogether lovely. We saw 3 foxes along our way, a gaggle of German ladies, and a smattering of other hikers.
I ended up being a smidge overdressed as I got really hot. My story is that I was prepared for colder weather — that and I’m highly exothermic. Luckily my ski pants and jacket have ventilation areas which helped.
I can’t wait to go again!