With the record warm summer of 2015 coming to a close, I really wanted to get out one more time before the weather turned. I had just moved to Seattle, and with abundant pre-employment freetime, I had my sights set on somewhere up high on a sunny day. Soon there was a stretch of sunny days in the 80s forecasted, and perfect conditions in the mountains.
Of course, being carless made things a bit more difficult, but I convinced my friend to split a rental and get out to Mt. Rainier NP. Overall, a $30/person fee midweek wasn't a huge deal, but the lack of an employee at the rental place at opening time was not great. While we weren't on the road until 9 AM (despite an 7 AM goal) I was happy to be out of the city on what would likely be a hot day.
We had decided to head for Burroughs Mountain, in the Sunrise area on the NE side of the mountain. After a quick stop for snacks at the Enumclaw Safeway (and a possible-fabricated retelling of some bestiality story Ethan gave regarding a resident of Enumclaw) we followed WA 410 along the White River into the park and to the Sunrise Road. The Sunrise Road winds up the White River before climbing up a number of switchbacks to the Sunrise parking area and lodge. Ethan was pleased with the handling of our rental Prius on the steep curves, while I just was glad not to be sitting in the back.
The Sunrise Road has the benefit of great views near the top, and we could see that it would be a cloudless day. In midsummer, the Sunrise area is covered in wildflowers, but in late September things had taken on a nice set of autumnal yellows and oranges. We soon were at the enormous parking lot, which probably has space for more than 100... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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