National parks entrance fees are waved for Veteran’s Day (November 11th), so my sister decided to visit Mount Rainier National Park. Neither of us had visited Mount Rainier since childhood, and never during snow season, so I mounted the snow wheels on the car and we drove up to Paradise. Only one road open, and no going beyond Paradise. The weather turned out better than forecasted, and the mountain shook off the clouds long enough for a nice view.
There she is dressed in fresh snow and a cloudy veil.
The two photographs were taken from the Skyline Trail near the Paradise parking lot at 5,400 feet elevation. Washington State’s highest peak, Mount Rainier stands 14,411 feet (4,392 meters) in elevation. Christine Falls flows under the road on the way up to Paradise.