This past weekend I visited my friend and hiking buddy, Grace, in Seattle. Last year, Grace came to the Bay Area and we had planned to hike Mount Whitney together, but a fire closed the trailhead on the day of our permit. Instead, we had a memorable, Milky Way-filled trip to the Trinity Alps. So this year, I came to Grace and we did two breathtaking hikes: an epic 8-hour, 17-mile day in Mount Rainier National Park, and then an 8-miler to North Cascades National Park. Here is a bit about our hikes and our favorite scenery. Happy Friday :)
Hiking past bright, multi-hued fields of lupine, paintbrush, bistort, sitka valerian, and awe-inspiring views of Mount Rainier is a priceless summer adventure. I was seeing vivid wildflower reports of Berkeley Park in the Sunrise area of Mount Rainier National Park, and though I've written about Sunrise hikes in my book, 75 Great Hikes Seattle, I had yet to visit Berkeley Park. So, I went for it!
Grace and I were driving back from Chelan on the Fourth of July, cruising over Stevens Pass on a traffic-free evening, when we had the kind of exchange hiking buddies have while figuring out on their next hiking adventure. Someone said "Tolmie Peak" and then someone wondered aloud when the next full moon was. Grace looked it up: "Huh, it's this Saturday." Done! We had found our next hiking fix: a full moon hike on Saturday, July 8th, to Tolmie Peak Lookout in Mount Rainier National Park.