Monday, July 10, 2006

Pyramid Peak on Mt Rainier

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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Pyramid Creek Posted by Picasa

Devils Dream Creek? Posted by Picasa

Mt Rainier Posted by Picasa

Mirror Lake (Rainier Reflection) Posted by Picasa

Iron and Copper Mtn Posted by Picasa

Waterfall Near Pyramid Park Posted by Picasa

Grouse on Pyramid Pk Posted by Picasa

Pyramid Pk & Mt Rainier Posted by Picasa

Pyramid Peak Posted by Picasa

Pyramid Pk Summit (Mt Adams in Background) Posted by Picasa

Pyramid Pk Summit (Mt Rainier in Background) Posted by Picasa

View From Pyramid Peak Posted by Picasa

Mt Adams Posted by Picasa

South Tahoma Glacier (Left of Center) Posted by Picasa

Puyallup Cleaver (Big Rock Wall in Back) Posted by Picasa

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