March 4, 2010 3:08 PM Subscribe
Are there any reasonable hikes on Mount Rainier this time of year? And if not, what's the next best option?
posted by zvs to sports, hobbies, & recreation (4 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I'm (sort of) new to Seattle and a pretty novice-y hiker. I got here in the fall and I've done a lot of the easier hikes -- Little Si, West Tiger #3, Heather Lake, etc. I'm really jonesing to get out to Carbon Glacier on Rainier or somewhere with similarly stunning sights, but research makes it sound really daunting in March and I've yet to find a decent list of accessible trails.
Any tips? I'm pretty wimpy but I can hike, say, eight-nine miles and gain a couple thousand feet without collapsing or anything. I can snowshoe but... I'd rather not. I'd also prefer not to get up at 5 AM.