The South Cascades region is a hiker’s paradise, with hikes suitable for everyone from hardcore mountaineers to families with young children. While Mount Rainier National Park offers many great hiking options, the National Forest surrounding Ashford offers numerous trails for those seeking a hike-less-traveled, and for people interested in hiking with their canine pals (dogs are not allowed on trails in the Park).
If you’re looking for an excuse to dust off your fishing pole, take advantage of Free Fishing Weekend on June 9th and 10th and don’t sweat the license! Washington has so many beautiful waterways to choose from, but of course we’re partial to the lovely lakes near Mt. Rainier, including Mineral Lake and Alder Lake, both about 20 minutes from Ashford, Washington, and the SW entrance to Mt. Rainier National Park.
While wildflower opportunities are limited at traditional places such as Sunrise and Paradise, there are still some places to view flowers. Among them is the Westside Road, not far from the Nisqually entrance to Mount Rainier National Park.
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Celebrating National Parks Week is April 16th – 24
Celebrating National Parks Week is coming up soon and you’ll be able to access Mount Rainier National Park for Free from April 16th thru the 24th. The News Tribune has a great article about activities at Washington State’s National Parks. Here are their suggestions for how to enjoy Mt. Rainier National Park during April:
Nestled in the heart of Paradise, the Paradise Inn at Mount Rainier is a destination sure to be well worth the visit. At an elevation of 5,420 feet, its unique location takes advantage of the breathtaking views of the Tatoosh mountain range, Mount Rainier, and the blossoming meadows of the Valley. It is also conveniently near the Jackson Visitor Center and numerous hiking trails.