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Hiking near Mt. Rainier Shriner Peak - cultivatedrambler.com

The mountains have been calling my name lately and decided it was time to pull the trigger and head to the baddest mountain around, Rainier. Many of the campgrounds located down there are first come, first serve which don’t always appeal to this planner gal so when I read that they have a handful that can be reserved, I jumped at the chance.

I’d been to Ohanapecosh Campground back in the day with my Mom and remember it being a pretty special place. We luckily got a site in A loop, which I think is the best one out of the bunch, especially if you could snag a river side one like we did. Nothing beat a cold beer and a dip in the river post hike!

Shriner Peak Lookout, Mt. Rainier - cultivatedrambler.com

Speaking of hiking, we ended up tackling Shriner Peak Lookout on Saturday. We both were looking for something a bit tamer, but without the internetz, we couldn’t tell what it really was. I thought it looked like a 4 miler, but when we got to the trail head, it was actually 8 miles round trip. Whoops! But you know how I love me some fire lookouts so off we went. We tackled some serious elevation gain but the trail was in great condition with few rocks and mostly packed dirt. Although nearly the same as Granite Mountain in distance and elevation, the trail conditions made it a MUCH knee friendlier hike. After gawking at the bug ridden top, it was a quick 1.5 hour jaunt back down just in time for happy hour!

Mt. Rainier from the east - cultivatedrambler.com
Mt. Rainier from Shriner Peak - cultivatedrambler.com
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