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Sus-Scrofa
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Seattle/Mt. Rainier
Any tips?

Have some free time. Want to get a day hike in and then a day doing typical Seattle tourist stuff.


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re: Seattle/Mt. Rainier
Hope for good luck.

I drove up to the "town" of paradise on the way up Rainier during our trip to Seattle.

Couldn't see shite.

Pike's place market is a huge tourist trap for a reason, it's a lot of fun.
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re: Seattle/Mt. Rainier
just returned from the area. We did Olympic national park and the cascades so we skipped Ranier; however, i've heard good things.

Pike Place was too crowded to really enjoy but it's definitely worth a stop. Beechers cheese was legit. The space needle was ok, about what was expected. The museum of pop music and culture was worth the cost of admission. If you're just wanting to do the tourist stuff, you can buy a city pass that's a pretty good deal instead of paying admission to each stop. The glass garden has great reviews but it closed early for a private function and we missed seeing it. All of these tourist stops are within walking distance.

Snoqualmie falls is right outside of Seattle as well and worth a stop; doesn't take more than an hour



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Teddy Ruxpin
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re: Seattle/Mt. Rainier
Was there last weekend.
Would like to do Olympic but it's 3 hours from town so I think you'll have to get accomodations out there to do a hike out there or have a super long day. Saw Ranier clearly from the airplane so I'm good on that

We enjoyed Wallace Falls. An hour from downtown and a good hike.

Stop at Vick's Burger Shack in Sultan on way back to Seattle. Right on the two line route back only a few miles from the park.


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Crow Pie
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re: Seattle/Mt. Rainier
quote:

I drove up to the "town" of paradise on the way up Rainier during our trip to Seattle.

Couldn't see shite.
Same thing happened to me. Cloud cover made the trip less than advertised. On the other hand...what a gorgeous place the PNW is.


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re: Seattle/Mt. Rainier
Try North Cascades NP or the surrounding area for a day hike.

If you don’t want to spend the $ on a national park fee try the Snoqualmie Pass area. That’s some good hiking just 45-60 minutes from Seattle.

Rainier is kind of far, and there’s no guarantee you’ll see it. Probably better views of it from Snoqualmie anyway


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TigersMaul Bammers
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re: Seattle/Mt. Rainier
When are you coming to Seattle area? It matters. I have been to Rainier in August and early September many times and that is best time frame for clear weather near the mountain.

Our July has been abnormal thus far with rain and clouds that are usually rare after July 4. The really hot temps in Alaska are pushing Pacific weather patterns south through Seattle and keeping our weather June like.

I think you will have a better chance for clear weather near Rainier in August.


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RogerTheShrubber
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re: Seattle/Mt. Rainier
North Cascades > Rainier

Pikes place to say you did it, but I found it extremely overrated.


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Snoop Dawg
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re: Seattle/Mt. Rainier
quote:

Any tips?

Have some free time. Want to get a day hike in and then a day doing typical Seattle tourist stuff.


When are you going?

If summer and nice weather I recommend both the Sunrise and the Mowich Lake areas. At Sunrise you can design your own loop hike but be sure to include Mt. Fremont lookout and up Burroughs to loop back to the Sunrise rim trail. Get there early for parking.

At Mowich you can do Tolmie Peak. If you still want more do Spray Falls. Too late for this year but Spray Park above Spray Falls during alpine flower season is awesome. Again, get there early for parking, especially on weekends.



Lawyers_Guns_Money
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re: Seattle/Mt. Rainier
Summitted Rainier in July of 2016 and never actually saw the mountain (besides standing on top) until I went back in 2017.

So to echo others points, the weather on Rainier can be ridiculous and you have to get lucky to see it.


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