lahars causes more damage than lava flow as they travel far. This was again near a stream.
It took a whole day of exploration and even still we were not able to get to the very top since they had not opened most of the road as the snow had still to be cleared. In fact, they were going to reopen that road the day after. So the best time to actually get closer to the peak of Mt. Rainier is in June or later and not mid-May. The rain on the mountain was less than what we experienced in Seattle. So it gave us some time for exploration. We took the Longmire route out of the 5 different routes they had along the base of the volcano. This is the SW route which has the Nisqually Glacier.
serpentine or verd antique near the lake. This was amongst the rubble and not in place. But picked it up since i don't have a serpentine sample in my collection.
With calcitic veins
- Make sure the dates that you go are a time when the park is fully open and of course read about if there are signs in the news about an eruption or lahar occurring about to happen.
- Routes to take since there are 5 different roads that lead up to the summit. The national park service website is a good resource to start planning with.
- Hiking routes along the way.
- A physical map which the park provides. This is handy when your phone gps dies on you. Although, now google maps can be downloaded and used offline.
- Have hiking gear. Plan for all types of weather. Mostly snow and rain.
- Review of how to protect oneself if encountering a bear or a mountain lion. The park usually provides guidelines, but it's always best to read up about it beforehand.
- Have at least a couple of days handy since it's hard to take everything in on one day.
- A handy camera that is always ready to take a snap shot.
- Food and water even though there are inns present. Do not feed the wild life though. That is the sole reason we saw so many foxes along the way.
- Most of all, don't forget your adventurous spirit!
Next post will be about the fascinating, yet hidden city known as Wenatchee which is east of the Mt. Rainer & Wenatchee National Forests.