Not all hikes are hard ones, or even what might be a “hike”. Silver Forest Trail at Mount Rainier National Park is one of those. It doesn’t go anywhere really (it follows a mostly flatish profile, along a ridge in Yakima Park, at Sunrise). But what it offers is amazing views of the mountain, and a solitude you won’t get on most hikes there.
And we found painted rocks as a bonus, on the way up to the mountains. We didn’t take the cat. But what a cat, the artist who did that is amazing!
I brought a friend and her son along, who had never been to this side of the mountain. He’s small, so I planned an easy day for us. It was also oddly warm, with a hot wind (it is being blown in from the deserts inland).
But does Rainier disappoint? I think not.
The boys in their yearly photography spot. May it never change as they change!
My friend’s son is learning to hike. He will be 3 soon, right at that age where they tire quickly still, but the future is there, just waiting in the next year. And big boys really make the kids try harder to keep up!