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Old 08-22-2010, 11:06 PM   #1
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Day Trip To Mt Rainier Park-Eastside

Most people are familiar with views of Mt Rainier from the westside. The other day I decided to make a day trip to Mt Rainier Park and go up to Sunrise. I needed to go to the Naches Ranger Station and purchase some maps and permits anyway so this ride would serve to purposes. I hope you enjoy an east sider's perspective of the mountain.

Stopped in Naches for breakfast at the Sticky Finger Baker/Cafe. If your real hungry this is a great place to stop. I decided to site outside and eat since it was such a nice day.



Couple of pictures from the view point above Tipsoo Lake.



Zoomed in view from Tipsoo.



Lodge at Sunrise



Some other pictures of the mountain from Sunrise.







A view to the south before returning home.



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Old 08-23-2010, 08:21 AM   #2
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The Cascades are on my must see list. Thanks for sharing!
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Old 08-23-2010, 05:05 PM   #3
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Mt Rainier is something to be seen, very beautiful.

There's nothing like Sunrise at sunrise. Midsummer years ago I was camped with a number of people and I told them I was getting up early to go watch the sunrise at Sunrise. Everyone thought I had lost my mind but when I was ready to leave camp I had a half a dozen others lined up to go with. Well, OK. A few were not prepared for an early morning ride in the mountains. I turned on my electrics and was just fine but there were a few very cold riders by the time we got to the top. Another down side is the lodge isn't open that early so no hot coffee was to be had but it was a beautiful ride and watching the sunrise at Sunrise is a memory I will charish forever.

Thanks for sending my mind back to a wonderful time.
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Old 08-25-2010, 05:26 PM   #4
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That's one great day trip! Thanks for the beautiful pics
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Old 08-26-2010, 05:53 PM   #5
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Great pics, MkD.

I am planning to take a ride up to Sunrise in the next week or so, coming up 410 from Enumclaw. How were road conditions on Hwy 123 and the road to Sunrise?
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Great pics, MkD.

I am planning to take a ride up to Sunrise in the next week or so, coming up 410 from Enumclaw. How were road conditions on Hwy 123 and the road to Sunrise?
They were working on the road (oil and rocks). But the road was in good condition pretty well packed down from traffic (no oil stains on the bike) but in turns watch out larger patches of loose rock not deep but enough to cause a tire to slide if going to fast. They regularly run sweepers to clean the road of loose rock but they can't keep up with all the traffic.

Also several 10 minute delays for one lane traffic.

Hope this helps.

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Old 08-27-2010, 08:47 AM   #7
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Macadam Drifter ; nice pictures . I never tire of riding around Mt. Rainier , every visit looks a little different . Several inmates and I were up at Sunrise last Sept. and it was 94 up there ! So far this year I have been riding up around Carbon River and Lake Mowich . Think it is about time to head on a big loop and stop in up at Paradise . Hopefully in a few weeks will get a chance to go ride around the Blue Mts . It is one of a few places I haven't ridden in our state .
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