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Cross your fingers for clear weather this coming Saturday because we're going hiking in one of the most gorgeous and appropriately named areas in Washington -- the Paradise loop at Mt. Rainier!
- Pack lunch, water, and some cash (~$20)
- Fill up on gas
- Get to the Microsoft Advanta B outdoor parking lot before 10:30am.
Just like we did for our last hike, we're all going to first meet up at the outdoor parking lot of Microsoft Advanta B in South Bellevue to figure out carpooling. Don't be late because we'll leave shortly after 10:30 with or (sad face) without you. Even if you plan to drive alone, meet us at Advanta B because it'll be much harder to find each other at the park if we don't leave together.
Once we have carpooling down, all drivers should set their GPS to (props if you still have paper maps):
39000 State Route 706 E, Ashford, WA 98304
This is one of the main entrances to Mt. Rainier. After entering the park, follow signs for Paradise. Park as close as you can to the Paradise Jackson Visitor Center because that's where we'll meet to re-group and eat lunch. Some of you may have to go to overflow parking that's far away. Don't worry -- as long as you left with us from Advanta B, we'll wait for you at the visitor center.
The driver and passengers of each car should figure out how they want to split the cost of transportation. The recommendation is for each passenger to chip in $10-15 to the driver to cover the $15/car park entrance fee and gas.
Also recommended: Sun screen, hat, light sweater (it can get chilly if the sun isn't out at those altitudes), hiking poles.
The trails at Paradise are easy to moderate in difficulty. We should all be able to handle it, but be prepared for patches of snow on the trail.
Finally, a note about RSVPs -- we understand things come up last minute, so it's okay to change your RSVP, but please avoid no-shows. Thanks and hope to see a bunch of you for this hike!
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