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Mt. Rainier, Sunrise at Sunset.

The wildflowers are finally starting to bloom on Rainier. Still plenty of snow around. I was up at Sunrise on 8/ 11 and there are quite a few flowers out on that side of the mountain. The hiking is moderate and shouldn't be more than a little over 2 miles. If you come, be prepared for weather changes as it can change rapidly on the mountain. Plan on shooting through sunset (time 20:14) and then we will head back. A flashlight or headlamp is required for this trip. They have food at the visitor center which is open until 6PM if you aren't planning on bringing any with you. We will arrive early enough to do some exploring and site seeing. As of today, the weather looks good for Wednesday.

In regards to groups entering the park, if the vehicle has seats for 15 or fewer people, the park charges a flat fee of $15. If the vehicle seats 16 or more, the park charges per person for only those 16 or older with a minimum fee of $15. If anyone has a park pass, the pass covers the cardholder and three other adults. I have a park pass that will cover anyone traveling with me.

At an elevation of 6,400 feet, Sunrise is the highest point that can be reached by vehicle at Mount Rainier National Park. In summer, mountain meadows abound with wildflowers. On clear days, Sunrise provides breathtaking views of Mount Rainier, Emmons glacier, and many other volcanoes in the Cascade Range. These views and an excellent trail system make Sunrise the second most visited location in the park.

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  • Nitin K.

    August 25, 2011

  • Barbara

    Went with a friend Saturday Aug. 20th. Managed to get a few shots. But sun went down way to the north and no interesting clouds in sky. Will share a photo of Saturday's shoot.

    August 21, 2011

  • Nitin K.

    I must say this was fantastic trip. This was my first trip with this group and i never felt so. Doug is great host. Even though climate didn't turn in our favor but wildlife helped it ( bear, deers ). Looking forward for more meet up with group

    August 19, 2011

  • Douglas D.

    Though if folks want a chance at better weather, I could schedule some with a short time frame. But I doubt most people could make last second plans to go and I'm guessing there would be some complaints about too short a time frame ;)

    August 19, 2011

  • Douglas D.

    Scheduling far enough out for a Meetup leaves the weather up in the air unfortunetly Teresa. The shot I used for the Meetup photo was taken when I looked at the weather and grabbed my gear and went that day.

    I'm sure we will have some Meetups on weekends, but the group was started mainly for mid-week to avoid too many people as we mention in the introduction/about.

    August 19, 2011

  • Teresa

    Douglas, BTW, any chance you'd consider schedule your Meetup on Sat or Sun, or Holidays. Personally, a trip can return on the same day/night would be my preference. I understand it'd be crowd on those days. Just a thought - In case, I cannot make it during weekdays.

    August 19, 2011

  • Teresa

    Sounds like you guys had a good trip. Perhaps, Douglas would consider make another trip for a better weather. :-) The week of 8/28 would work better for me if it'd work for you. I hope I'd be able to sign up before those was able to receive Meetup notice via smart phones.

    August 19, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great group of people on this trip and Douglas the perfect host sharing his experiences and knowledge. Thank you! Although the sunset a bust it was good for me to explore this new location (my first time to this area). Then that's the life of a photographer, it's all about the light!

    August 18, 2011

  • Scott K.

    Douglas, Thanks for organizing and leading the trip yesterday. I used your approach, wide angle down low on tripod, to get a result which, given the lack of color in the sunset, is at least worth looking at. The mountain itself does not have much drama to it. I will see if I can post it here.

    August 18, 2011

  • Douglas D.

    Was great to get out. The weather may not have been perfect for photography, but we did get to see some wildlife (Bear and Deer)

    August 18, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Had a great time. Doug was very gracious and helpful. It was actually TOO nice for good sunset pics but the trip was still worth it!

    August 18, 2011

  • Douglas D.

    Teresa, I will be checking on Berkely Park and Spray Park on Rainier to see when and if they look good for flowers (as well as the Paradise side too)

    August 12, 2011

  • Douglas D.

    6 spots? Smaller groups are much easier, especially if we are hiking any distance (also some areas are limited in hiking group size). Since I set these up, I feel responsible to sure everyone is getting all their landscape photography questions answered.

    August 12, 2011

  • Nitin K.

    Meetup forum has iPhone app which I found very useful for such events :)

    August 12, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    So - question - why only 6 spots?

    August 12, 2011

  • Teresa

    Doug, Thank you for the clarification. Yep, I guess it's hard to beat with smart phones. Hopefully, you'd consider to schedule another similar meetup this summer - 2 miles hike is perfect! The week of 8/28 would work best for me if it'd work for you.

    August 12, 2011

  • Douglas D.

    BTW, most Meetups we've had so far have been around a 50% drop out rate. The key is if you cant come, make sure you change your status to not going. The system will automatically add the next person on the list.

    August 12, 2011

  • Douglas D.

    I think some folks have email go to a Blackberry or something similar. It is pretty instantaneous. When I carried one I checked it every time it vibrated, just as fast as instant messaging.

    August 12, 2011

  • Teresa

    Same observation as Terri: The time stamp on this meetup email was Friday, August 12,[masked]:41am. As of 11:15am, 6 open spots were already taken.

    August 12, 2011

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