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Backpacker Magazine – January 2014

Destinations: Top 3 West

by: Shey Kiester

Photo By Vicky Kirkendall-Spring
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 Mt. Rainer NP, WA
Tolmie Peak Lookout

Journey into the Cascades and peer across a translucent alpine lake to Mt. Rainer on this 3.7-mile (one-way) dayhike. From the Tolmie Peak trailhead, undulate through hemlock and fir, veering southeast to Eunice Lake (mile 2.6). Framed with orange tiger lilies, crimson columbine, and purple alpine asters, Eunice sits below 5,940-foot Tolmie Peak.
“Jagged mountains towering above wildflowers and a crystal blue lake make this seriously postcard-worthy,” says Steve Brown. Keep an eye out for mountain goats picking their way along the ridges, and—in late summer—find huckleberries ripe for picking.
From Eunice, follow the path a mile to the Tolmie lookout tower. Climb to the top for a panorama including snowcapped Mts. Rainier and Adams.

Trailhead 46.932941, -121.864098*; 49 miles southeast of Tacoma off Mowich Lake Rd. INFO (360) 569-2211; nps.gov/mora
 




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