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Lsutmorg
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Mt. Rainier, Mt. St. Helens or Olympic

Planning a northwest trip this summer. Is it worth seeing all 3? Which ones should we go see? Seattle worth a day site seeing? Have adventurous kids 12-7.
Plan on going to Yellowstone, glacier, and others on this trip.

Once I get trip completely planned I will post it.


VABuckeye
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re: Mt. Rainier, Mt. St. Helens or Olympic
Are you flying into Seattle? Sit on the left side of the plane coming in and if the weather is good you get an epic view of Mt Rainier.


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TulaneLSU
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re: Mt. Rainier, Mt. St. Helens or Olympic
Friend,

Rainier is my favorite of those three. Great hiking and mountaineering if you climb. Beautiful and easy hikes are plentiful.

Olympic is very diverse, but it is quite spread out and you never get the feel of being in a national park. The hiking there is below average for a NP. North Cascades is closer to Seattle and more beautiful if you want to see and climb mountains.

The hiking at Mt Saint Helens is okay, but to climb the mountain you need a permit. If you are not quick on the draw it is not worth seeing in a limited time budget when there are far better places to see nearby.

Definitely see the Grand T****s while you are in Wyoming. I enjoy more than Yellowstone, where traffic can be frustrating and the noxious smells of geysers makes me sick. Mammoth Hot Springs is neat for an hour and Lamar Valley is breathtaking. The Old Faithful area just is not for me.

Glacier I love for some of the best hiking in America, but the grizzlies there terrify me. North Cascades is a great cousin to Glacier but without the grizzlies. As far as mountain scenery goes, however, Glacier at Many is the most beautiful spot in America.

Yours,
TulaneLSU

P.S.

TulaneLSU’s top 10 hikes of Rainier. Unfortunately, the photos have gone missing.

TulaneLSU’s short and recent review of Olympic

TulaneLSU’s recent hike at North Cascades
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Mt. Rainier


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RogerTheShrubber
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N. Cascades


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Plan on going to Yellowstone, glacier, and others on this trip.


Are you going for the entire summer?


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Lsutmorg
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re: Mt. Rainier, Mt. St. Helens or Olympic
I wish. 14 days


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Yellowstone, glacier, and others on this trip.
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Mt. Rainier, Mt. St. Helens or Olympic
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14 days


I cant wait to see this itinerary.


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P2K
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re: Mt. Rainier, Mt. St. Helens or Olympic
Are you planning on just driving and watching the scenery out your window? You may be able to squeeze in one single hike, and if you do, I recommend something in Glacier or the Wonderland Trail in MRNP.


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senor beavis
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re: Mt. Rainier, Mt. St. Helens or Olympic
Did all three this summer- Mt. Rainier was definitely the highlight. The town of Packwood was our base for Rainier and its an hour away from the north side of Mt St Helens, so you can knock out both in the trip. Its a small town, but had a couple of breweries and a handful of restaurants. We only scratched the surface of the area, having dedicated more time to Olympic, but if I had it to do again, I'd spend most of my time there and probably hit up North Cascades.


usc6158
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Mt St Helens is a pretty surreal place and definitely worth a visit if just for a day. I've done the summit a couple times and it's just a long, steep hike. Nothing overly difficult if you are in decent shape and nothing like Rainier or the North Cascades.

Ape Cave, Windy Ridge, and Lava Canyon are all very cool.


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VABuckeye
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re: Mt. Rainier, Mt. St. Helens or Olympic
What I meant by sit on the left side of the plane flying in.



LemmyLives
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re: Mt. Rainier, Mt. St. Helens or Olympic
I came in to post the same thing. A breakfast flight on the left side is awesome. I feel like my flights were much closer to the mountain though (flying to IAH.)

OP, you've probably already noticed, but the flight times out of SEA are weird. If you're not on an outbound flight by 1500 or so, you're not leaving until midnight or later if you're going east very far. But, the bonus is, that there are enough good bars with non IPAs that you can try a different beer (porter or stout) repeatedly until you leave. I learned to prefer going to a beer pub with 50+ beers on tap the night before I left, and then wake up at 0315 to ride to the airport for a 6-7AM flight.


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