Karen and I enjoyed our three day trip up north to the Mt. Ranier area. We drove 360 degrees around Mt. Ranier via the towns of : Elbe, Mt. Ranier National Park entrance, Longmire, Paradise, Stewart Canyon road, Chinook Pass, Greenwater, Enumclaw, Puyallup, Auburn, Carbonado, and Eatonville.
We stayed for two nights in a yurt at Kanaskat-Powell State Park along the Green River. The river and rapids were delightful, and the park with lush vegetaation.. The yurt was 9 miles from Enumclaw. We explored around the town of Enumclaw from 9/5-9/7.
Unfortunately, there was much fog, haze, and clouds at lower elevations that completely obscured Mt. Ranier from the headlands west of this massive mountain. Above 4,000 feet the mountain was clear and impressive from Paradise Point and many road turnouts and viewpoints as you drove up to Paradise Point. As usual, there were many summer tourists and the parking lots were jammed and roads busy. Stunning high mountain scenery.
Some of the roads we drove on are open only in the summer. Next summer, we intend to drive up to Sunrise Point, the highest point you can drive to in Mt. Ranier Park, and also visit the Crystal Mountain Resort. These are areas on the northeast side of Mt. Ranier.