Hiked On: August 6, 2005
Weather Conditions: Approximately 70°F-80°F, clear and sunny skies
Distance from Seattle: Just over 90 miles
National Park Service: Mt. Rainier National Park
Another sunny weekend, and another trip up to Rainier. Micah was up in the PNW this weekend for work, and he came up to Seattle to spend the weekend visiting. We made him pay for it with a hike at elevation! After spending the last few weeks at Paradise, we decided to visit the trails that Sunrise offered. To get an early start, we rented a cabin just outside of the park and were driving through the gates at about 9:30am as opposed to our usual 11:15am arrival time. The hike is detailed in the book Day Hike! Mount Rainier , ISBN 1570613141). We started at the Sunrise Visitor's center, at 6400'. We hiked up the Sourdough Ridge trail to Dege Peak where we had a really good view of Rainier and Mt. Adams to the south, and Mt. Baker, Glacier Peak, and the Cascade range to the north. The hike up to Dege Peak was pretty calm, with around a mile of flat ridge running at 6800'. The last 0.3 miles was a quick shot up to 7016' at Dege Peak.
Total distance hiked: 4.4 miles, total elevation gain: 616', total accumulated elevation: unknown (pesky watch said 3500', but I'm thinking that's way off – it was far closer to around 1000' by my estimate).