Mt. Rainier from Mazama Ridge
The best place in the park to hike and take alpine wildflowers (in my opinion) is Mazama Ridge running from north of Reflection Lakes, all the way up to the Paradise Glacier trail. You can find many other places that require longer hikes (Indian Henry's; Summerland; etc.), but for a short sweet hike, this is one of my favorites with a camera.
20 August 2010. An early morning hike up the Mazama Ridge and Paradise Glacier trails. The Canon G10 for stationary subjects (flowers and landscapes) and the Canon XSi with the 70-300 mm IS USM lens for moving subjects (wildlife like marmots, pikas, and grouse). Nice hike and beautiful morning.