Monday, October 26, 2009
Today’s picture was taken on the way up Burroughs Mountain, in Mt. Rainier National Park. The trail leaves from Sunrise, which is on the eastern side of the park. This was just a few weeks ago – I had hoped to find a hike with some good fall color, but as you can tell, I aimed a bit too high. There was plenty of color a couple thousand feet down (I was about about 7 or 8 thousand feet), but up here it was all well past the peak and covered in a dusting of snow. Oh well, it was still really pretty.
There are of course two ways (well, two EASY ways anyway) to get into the high country in the park – Sunrise and Paradise. Sunrise being, as I mentioned, on the east side of the park (near Crystal Mountain), and Paradise on the south. For whatever reason, I’ve spent much more time at Sunrise than at Paradise. They’re both fantastic, but it’s worth mentioning that if what you’re after is awesome views of Rainier itself, and you’re hiking in the afternoon, you may want to head to Paradise. The sun of course sets in the west, so in the afternoon Rainier is backlit, so it’s much harder to see all the detail of the glaciers and such. But that’s not the point here.
That last sentence sort of implies that there *is* a point here. I’m pretty sure that’s not true. But if there was one, it wouldn’t be that.
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Tamron 28-75 mm lens. 1/500s, f/6.3, ISO 100. Focal length: 62mm.