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Advice about August 2014 Mt Rainier and ONP trip

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Advice about August 2014 Mt Rainier and ONP trip

My husband and I, both in our late 60's and in good health, are flying to Seattle

for 12 days in early-mid August 2014. Our main focus is to see Mt. Rainier

and ONP with one day side trips to Victoria and Seattle. We are experienced hikers

but would like to restrict our hikes to less than 5 miles round trip. We recently

hiked in Glacier and found the 10 miles r.t. to Iceberg Lake wonderful, but

exhausting. Seeing as much scenery and wildlife as possible is our goal.

Would love advice on our itinerary.

Thursday Day One Arrive SEA 11am, rent midsize car, and drive to Packwood

via east side of Mt Rainier. On the way, do Grove of Patriarchs and pick up trail maps at

visitor center in Ohanapecosh. Check-in Mt View Lodge for 3 nights

Friday/ Day Two Pack lunch and spend most of day in Paradise area hiking Nisqually

Vista trail and Myrtle Falls. Do Ricksecker Pt, Christine Falls, and Trail of shadows

in Longmire. On way back to Packwood, stop at Reflection lakes, and if time and energy

allows, hike all or part of Bench and snow lakes. Should we skip Trail of Shadows to

have energy for Bench and Snow trail?

Saturday/ Day Three Sunrise area hiking. Sunrise nature trail 1.5 m r.t..

Is this part of Sourdough Ridge Loop trail ? ( the descriptions are unclear)

Also hike the Silver Forest trail as far as Emmons Vista , 1 mile r.t.

If we missed Bench and snow trail, do that before returning to Packwood.

Sunday/ Day Four Check out of lodge and drive to Quinault area of ONP

Pick up trail maps at visitor ctr. Drive up Higley Peak for overall view of area.

check into Quinault River Inn for 2 nights. After supper, look for elk in Bunch field

and hike big Cedar Trail.

Monday/ Day Five Spend day on Quinault Loop Drive concentrating

on south shore's short hikes. Also Irely Lake trail , 1.1 mile (not Skyline Trail)

on north side.

Tuesday/ Day Six Check out of Inn. On the way to forks, go to Ruby and Kalaloch

area beaches. Since we will be there at low tide, will concentrate on tidepools.

How should we dress for this, especially our feet? Check into Forks Motel

for 3 nights.

Wednesday/ Day Seven Full day at Hoh R.F. Since the 10 mile r.t. trip to the Hoh

River is quite far, would it be worth doing only only half way in and back, for 5 miles r.t.?

We'll also do the shorter trails

Thursday/ Day Eight Spend most of day at Upper beaches like Rialto and Hole in Wall

enjoying wildlife and tidepools( low tides only) If time allows possibly visit timber

museum and do the mill tour in Forks (my husband ran a sawmill operation for

many years so we'd enjoy these)

Friday/ Day Nine Check out of motel and visit Sol Duc Valley including Merrimere and

Sol Duc Falls,and Salman Cascades viewing platform. Then Crescent Beach area and

Elwha Madison Falls . Check into Aircrest Motel in P. A.for 3 nights.

Saturday/ Day Ten Take 8:15 am ferry to Victoria,BC (should we walk from motel or

park near ferry?) Walk around Inner harbour area and up to Government street as far

as Chinatown, stopping for lunch along the way. Take water taxi to Harborside Gardens.

Walk to Fishermen's Wharf and then walk Breakwater at Ogden pt. Walk to Beacon Hill

and on to Christ Church Cathedral for the 4pm recital (every Saturday) Walk back

to Inner harbour, stopping at Empress Hotel and Miniature World if we have energy left.

Relax by the harbor and eat supper while waiting for return ferry at 7:30

Sunday / Day 11 Concentrate on Hurricane Hill area hikes, drive to Obstruction Pt.

Visit Elwha to Observation Point if missed on Day Nine. Depending on tides,

visit Murdock Beach( aka Round rock beach) and/or Purple Haze lavender Farm.

Monday / Day 12 Check out very early and drive to Seatac area via Tacoma. Park car, which

will be filled with our luggage, either at airport or the Burien Transit Center Park and

Ride for the day. We will take bus or light rail for day trip to Seattle. We have 11pm

red eye flight home so we'll drop off car to rental agency near airport around 7-8pm

While in Seattle will walk to Smith tower and Chinese room, Klondike

gold rush N.P., monorail to Seattle Center, Olympic Sculpture Park and Pike's Market

and Waterfront. Will probably buy senior bus pass if take bus from Burien and possible

bus rides downtown.

We have flights booked and have lodging reservations. We could still change the order

of our itinerary as well as time allotted each day. Did we schedule too little or too much

time for some of the day trips? Too short or too long at each lodge?

We are not fussy about food and have no allergies, but advice on restaurants

at each location would be wonderful. We will only eat out for supper each night.

Thank you


Port Angeles, WA
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11. Re: Advice about August 2014 Mt Rainier and ONP trip

You could do both, but if you want to do Obstruction Point Road at Hurricane Ridge, don't do Deer Park Road as well. Obstruction Point Road is so beautiful that you should not hurry it. Take the Lillian Ridge trail at its end and try to go out for at least an hour.

The race that Relayer is talking about is called Ride the Hurricane. You can look up its dates for 2014.

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12. Re: Advice about August 2014 Mt Rainier and ONP trip

We visited Mt. Rainier for the first time this past August and loved it! We did the Skyline Trail in the Paradise area of the park and thought it was spectacular. We even ran into some hikers that were training for their big hike up to the summit of Mt. Rainier. We had a beautiful day and amazing views of Mt. Rainier when the clouds opened up for about 30 minutes. We are told we were very lucky! As I recall the loop trail is just a little over 5 miles and includes Myrtle Falls at the end. If you'd like to see pictures of our trip, check out our blog on the Skyline Trail:


As stated above, the Ohanapecosh visitor center was closed and as I recall so was the visitor center at Sunrise. I would also strongly suggest printing out your maps ahead of time - which we did - since some of the trailhead can be very confusing.

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