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Exploring Washington: Part II

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This weekend’s adventures brought us to Rainer National Park again. We hiked up the Wonderland trail from the parking lot at the Box Canyon.

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Strava statistics are as follows:

  • Distance: 12.96 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 3,622 feet
  • Time: 4 hours, 31 minutes
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We got to the park entrance around 8 AM Sunday morning, and it was completely empty; quite the surprise compared with last week midday. The quiet prompted us to snap a quick detour through the Grove of the Patriarchs.

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The bridge thankfully had no line, and we were able to run back and fourth across it.

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The road was closed right before the tunnel, allowing us to run though it shouting like F1 cars.

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Box canyon.

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You can see (what I believe to be) Mt. Adams a ways into our ascent. We met an older couple (serious overnight hikers) on our way up who quietly scoffed at our lack of equipment (we both have trail running shoes, so not that bad...), and the man suggested that this mountain was Mt. St. Hellens, but I’m not so sure.

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Flowers.

I found my new favorite pastime at the top of the peak: skiing with normal shoes; it’s loads of fun.

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