Light slices through the Cascade mountains, bending around Mt Rainier along the Naches Peak Loop trail in October
Dewey Lake below a sea of reds
Mt Rainier from the initial descent from Second Burroughs before the ascent to Third Burroughs
Mt Rainier from the Fremont Lookout trail
Mt Rainier and the Burroughs trails from the Fremont Lookout trail just above Frozen Lake. The valley leads to trails to Berkeley Park and Skyscraper Peak.
Clouds quickly move in and out of the landscape as viewed from Fremont Lookout
Mountain goats negotiate these scree and snow fields with surprising agility and prowess. Me? Not so much.
Looking across to the Fremont Lookout at the end of the trail
Only a few species of wildflowers are hearty enough to make it in this harsh climate. Flecks of red and purple are few and far between here.
Third Burroughs allows you to get up close and personal with Mt Rainier's glaciers
Sometimes you wait hours for just a peak, but it's usually worth it
Fall colors along Mazama Ridge, looking toward the Tatoosh Range in Mt Rainier National Park
Mt Rainier surrounded by fall color
A light dusting of snowfall and a hoar frost in early October in Mt Rainier National Park, Sunrise area
Up close and personal with Mt Rainier on the Second Burroughs trail
Goats traversing a scree field near Fremont Lookout in the Sunrise area of Mt Rainier National Park
A young doe conceals her fawn as I startled her while descending the Lakes Trail from Paradise Mt Rainer National Park
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