This is the time of year when Mount Rainier taunts hikers.
It looms on the horizon all week, beckoning visitors to hike its trails. But if you dash up to your favorite trailhead, you’re likely to be disappointed.
“The hikes everybody wants to do are not ready yet,” said Daniel Keebler, a park wilderness ranger. “For the most popular hikes, we’re looking at late June and early July before they are doable for the average hiker.”
While most of the trails are still covered with snow – there is more than 140 inches of snow at Paradise – Rainier still has plenty to offer spring hikers.
Especially for those who enjoy waterfalls.
As the snow melts higher on the mountain, the lower waterfalls are in full glory.
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