Warmer days are finally happening here in the beautiful PNW! Given the sunnier days and UV rays, a day trip up to Mt. Rainer is a Washington must. Mt. Rainer offers some of the most beautiful sights and thankfully is around 60 miles from our shop! There is so much to explore in this active volcano national park from hundreds of hikes, waterfalls, and wildflower meadows that here at Bristow's Auto Repair, we wanted to share them with you. So, buckle up and take the drive over to the 14,410-foot-tall Mt. Rainier National park for a great adventure!
Paradise is a fitting name for glorious mountain views and the fields of wildflowers that you'll find at this popular hiking trailhead. Paradise offers multiple hikes from its base. For a more family-friendly and stroller compatible hike, try the Nisqually Vista Trail, and at 1.2 miles, it's perfect. The Skyline trail to Myrtle Falls offers a wheelchair-accessible path and is around a mile long. Make sure to pack hiking boots if you head over to Myrtle Falls; we wouldn't want your feet to get wet! Myrtle Falls offers a 72-foot waterfall and is known for being one of the most picturesque falls. For a more extended adventure, the Skyline Trail takes you through the essentials of paradise in its 5.5 mi long trail, and on clear days Mount St. Helens and Mount Adams are visible. If you want a long weekend trip, the Paradise Inn has lodging beginning on May 22, 2021.
Mount Rainier also has spectacular waterfalls that will leave you speechless. Comet Falls is a leisurely hike to see the comet-like water formations and arrive in the early mornings for the best-illuminated view. On a hot summer day, Carter Falls is the place to go. The Nisqually river trail runs alongside, and you'll find shade in the forest canopies as you make your way to Carter Falls. Ranger Falls offers a 4-mile walk to a breathtaking three-drop fall; this waterfall splits into two before coming back together for an epic display. If you're feeling up to it, add another .8 miles, and you'll find yourself at Green Lake!
Thankfully car camping is offered in all three campgrounds in Mount Rainier National Park, with very inexpensive rates. Cougar Rock Campground, Ohanapecosh Campground, and White River offer this. Mowich lake campground provides lake-side spots to getaways, and there is a first-come, first-serve basis. However, make sure your vehicle's tires are well prepared for the off-road gravel path one takes to get to Mowich. If you're looking for a relaxing picnic, all visitor centers throughout the park offer picnic tables, including the campgrounds. The Sunrise area is the highest elevation that is vehicle-friendly. On clear days breathtaking views of the mountain are on full display from anywhere you look. Be sure to check out the road status before planning a trip.
We hope at least one of these gorgeous attractions caught your eye; Mount Rainier season is quickly approaching, with the best conditions beginning in May and leading into the summer. If you plan to visit this National Park, we are happy to perform a pre- trip inspection to make sure your vehicle is ready for the weekend adventure. Make your check-up appointment with some of the most qualified auto mechanics in the business today. We back our work with a two-year, 24,000-mile warranty. Our entire team focuses on creating a top-notch customer service experience for you. We specialize in BMW and Porsche and in all late model vehicles for service and repair, so you'll know that your car is in the best of hands. Please make your appointment with us today.
We look forward to seeing you soon and hearing about your Mount Rainier Trips!