Mount Rainier National Park
July 1 thru September 30, 2017
Trail (3C): Carry water on the trail; hiking boots are recommended. No dogs are allowed on national park trails. Snow sometimes lingers into August at this elevation (7,000 feet), so check with the visitor center for trail conditions and closures. Restrooms are available near the trailhead. Weather conditions can change rapidly in the park, so be prepared (carry extra clothes, snacks and water).
Everyone who visits Mt. Rainier talks about this trail. It is all about views of the mountain and its glaciers with fields of wildflowers thrown in as a bonus. This hike is located near the park’s newly reconstructed Paradise Inn.
Distance: 10K (6.2 miles)
For more information: Mount Rainier Nation Park website link
For current weather and more trail information: Mount Rainier National Park website link. This event qualifies for the Pacific Crest Trail challenge.
Naches loop trail
Contact: Nancy Wittenberg (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Trail begins at Chinook Pass. Drive east from Enumclaw on US 410 (44.9 miles) or west from Yakima on Hwy 12 and US 410 (66 miles) and park 0.3 mile east of the summit.
This hike is perfect for newcomers to the mountain environment and for those who like a bit more challenge, as well. Very little elevation change (700 feet) if you do the short version (7K). If you include the trip down to Dewey Lakes, you lose and regain 900 feet and add about 4K (for a total 11K). Enjoy beautiful trails, gorgeous wild flowers and amazing views of Mt. Rainier all along the return. Remember, you're in the mountains (trail starts at 5,400 feet), so be prepared for changing weather conditions (carry extra clothes, snacks and water). Sunscreen, a hat and bug repellent are also good ideas.
Distance: 7K or 11K
REGISTRATION: PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT IS REGISTERED THROUGH THE CVA4U.ORG WEBSITE ONLY. IF YOU SEND REGISTRATIONS TO THE EVENT COORDINATOR FOR THE SKYLINE TRAIL, THEY WILL BE RETURNED TO YOU. Please use the online start box provided by the California Volkssport Association website (www.cva4u.org). Follow the left side link, 'Online Start Box', and the instructions provided to sign a waiver and register for this event. Payments for event credit and directions use Paypal. (If you don't have a Paypal account, you will need to set one up. It's free and easy.) The directions and insert cards are PDFs that you can download and print as needed. The POC for this event does not provide event directions or accept alternate payment methods. The entire online process should take less than 10 minutes for a first time user.
To obtain the Mount Rainier patch, after registering online for credit, send $4.50 (check made out to Fourplus Foolhardy Foolks) to the POC, Nancy Wittenberg, 12626 129th St E, Puyallup, WA 98374.