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.