Monthly Archives: May 2019

Mt. Rainer (Mowich Lake)

As it starts to warm up and get sunny everyday here in the Pacific Northwest, one thing is clear – Mt. Rainer dominates the skyline. To get into the season, we decided to go out to the mountain for a hike. Since it is only early May, a lot of the access roads are still closed so we picked a major road, Route 165, and drove as far as we could to Mowich Lake, stopping at the farthest open trail head.

So we got to do an awesome, and rather quiet, hike down to a river and up the hill to Mowich Lake, then back the “road” to the car. The one big bummer was that while I brought my nice camera, I forgot the SD card at home…. so I hope you all like cell phone pics. Overall, quite happy with the hike, but we will probably never do it again as there are just so many cool hikes to do around Rainer and this one doesn’t really stand out as awesome as it was.

The hike started as it should - a log bridge over a cascading creek.

The hike started as it should – a log bridge over a cascading creek.

Sometimes the shitty sensor of a cell phone camera makes a photo artsy?

Sometimes the shitty sensor of a cell phone camera makes a photo artsy?

Now with Rainer views!

Now with Rainier views!

Mowich lake was still very frozen. It almost comes across in the picture but the lake was a haunting pale blue, probably the highlight of the trip.

Mowich Lake was still very frozen. It almost comes across in the picture, but the lake was a haunting, pale blue – probably the highlight of the trip.

The 5 mile hike back in 3 to 12 feet of sort of melting snow left something to be desired, unless you desired post holing every step.

The 5 mile hike back in 3 to 12 feet of sort-of-melting snow left something to be desired, unless you desired post-holing every step.