Where to Find Snow Right Now (and How to Play In It)

Where to Find Snow Right Now, and How to Play In It

For the powder heads among us, last winter was glorious. Across the lowlands of Puget Sound one February morning we awoke to an uncommon sight–snow flurries cascading from the sky, and there was enough to stick. And it kept snowing, then snowing some more. With school cancelled for days, happy kids went sledding at Seattle’s […]

DAY TRIP: Hiking in Paradise at Mount Rainier

Quick Escape: Paradise at Mount Rainier National Park

Explore the Paradise region of Mt. Rainier on one of these hikes that are bursting with wildflowers right now, plus where to stay if you make it a weekend.   Do you hear a mountain calling your name? It’s the most recognizable icon of Washington state’s landscape. It has three of our state’s best campgrounds […]

Q: Peak Wildflowers at Mt. Rainier National Park?

Dear TripFinder, Q: I am trying to decide between Ohanapecosh and Cougar Rock campgrounds for a reservation this summer.  I would like to be able to go view wildflowers towards the end of July. Is Paradise or Sunrise better for that and based on that which campground would you suggest? – Mary S. Dear Mary, At […]

GO: Carbon River Rain Forest at Mt. Rainier

This guest post is by Kim Brown, photographer and naturalist. See more of her great finds at exploringpacnw.net. – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – […]

Q: Where to Camp at Mt. Rainier?

No reservations? No problem. Get our FREE GUIDE to Last-Minute Camping in the Pacific Northwest. Dear TripFinder, Q: I want to plan a family trip to Mt. Rainier National Park in August. Which Mt. Rainier campground would be best as a base camp for a family visiting the Paradise area for hiking? How essential are campground […]

CAMP: White River Campground at Mount Rainier

At 4,400 feet elevation, the White River Campground melts out a bit later than other Mount Rainier campgrounds, but that’s okay. You’ll want to save your trip here for late July or early August anyway when the wildflowers that carpet subalpine meadows 12 miles up the road at Sunrise are in full bloom. Campsites directly […]

Go Snowshoeing at Mount Rainier

Winter is here! Snow is falling in the Cascades and Olympics, and the winter of 2015-2016 is shaping up to be a fantastic season for hitting the slopes… or the trails. I have a bit of a complex relationship with snow. As a child in the midwest I never knew a winter without it… building snowmen in the […]

Ohanapecosh Campground, Mount Rainier National Park

There are three stunning campgrounds in Mount Rainier National Park, and each is wonderful, beautiful and… popular. Ohanapecosh Campground is usually the least crowded of the three, away from the hustle and bustle of the summer crowds at Paradise and Sunrise. The main reason it tops my list is for its magical old-growth forests and […]

Crystal Mountain: How to Have a Perfect Day Skiing

Planning an overnight ski trip near Seattle is a cinch with guest writer Joshua Johnson’s step-by-step guide.  Joshua is a travel blogger who specializes in social media content creation and promotion. His website is Travel Media Ninja.  Crack two eggs into the frying pan and toss some bread into the toaster. Check the pressure of your […]

Alexander’s Country Inn

Alexander’s Country Inn, Restaurant & Day Spa is located in Ashford, one mile from the Nisqually Entrance to Mount Rainier National Park.