Paradise River waterfalls
Small waterfalls sometimes don't get much attention in Mt. Rainier Park because there are so many falls and so many much larger and taller (Narada and Comet). This pretty falls is located on the Paradise River above Narada Falls. Special memories for me. It is where I took my wife to be on one of our first dates. I had a sporty little red Datsun 2000 convertible. I remember that drive with my wife (close to 40 years ago) and the hike down to these falls, like it was yesterday.
Sunday evening I had taken a nice hike up the Paradise glacier trail. Monday morning I returned to the park for some more sight seeing and short hikes. These photos are from that Monday morning visit to the park
(3 Aug 09).
Photos from an evening (8.2.09) and a morning (8.3.09) spent in Mt. Rainier National Park on the Paradise side, enjoying the wildflowers, wildlife, and scenery - - while trying to dodge the heat, mosquitoes, and crowds. The mosquitoes got me - - even well covered with bug spray.
I hiked up to Sluiskin Falls in the evening of the 2nd and then took the Paradise glacier trail from the “Stevens Van Trump” trail “T”. I hike a mile along the trail and cross country on the ridge rim. With the exception of marmot and deer, I had that entire area to myself (evening winds kept the mosquitoes at a distance). Once back down along the Skyline section of trail, there were people everywhere. I arrived at my pickup truck, parked along the Paradise River, at dark.
I returned to the same area of the park early the next morning (Monday). Less people but the mosquitoes were “open for business” early. Still I enjoyed visiting many of my favorite places in the area, taking photos, and a few short hikes. These photographs are from the evening and the early morning visits to the park.