Today I returned from a 3-day backpack into the Mount Rainier Wilderness area, near Indian Henry's Hunting Ground. Taking the Wonderland Trail from Longmire to Indian Henry's, and establishing camp at Devil's Dream campground, hiking partner Ron J and myself explored the Mirror Lakes backcountry on the southwest side of Mt Rainier.
Heading above and beyond Mirror Lakes, we climbed Pyramid Peak (6937')on Sunday July 9th, spending an hour on the summit basking in the sun and taking in the most awesome, in-your-face views of Mount Rainier's west side.
Sitting atop Pyramid Peak eating the world's best tasting orange, while absorbing breathtaking, closeup views of Mt Rainier, Copper & Iron Mountain, and the three distant volcanoes to the south (Adams, Hood, St Helens) easily constituted an unforgettable, even spiritual moment in time.
The trip pictures capture a few creeks crossing the Wonderland Trail, then jump to the scenic Mirror Lakes - Pyramid Peak area described above.
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Devils Dream Creek?
Mirror Lake (Rainier Reflection)
Iron and Copper Mtn
Waterfall Near Pyramid Park
Grouse on Pyramid Pk
Pyramid Pk & Mt Rainier
Pyramid Pk Summit (Mt Adams in Background)
Pyramid Pk Summit (Mt Rainier in Background)
View From Pyramid Peak
South Tahoma Glacier (Left of Center)
Puyallup Cleaver (Big Rock Wall in Back)