|Mt. Ranier at Reflection Lakes|
I meet-up with my friend Dave Sumner most summers in early August for about a week in the backcountry. This year was Dave's turn to plan, and he chose the Wonderland Trail, which circumnavigates Mt. Ranier. I had never heard of it and didn't know what to expect. In the end, I was blown away by the relentless beauty and long days on the trail.
|Dave at Indian Bar shelter on day 2.|
|Heading up over the pass from Indian Bar, Day 2.|
Hiking the Wonderland Trail is National Park backpacking, meaning that there are quite a few (by Montana standards) people traveling from Seattle and Portland and other far flung parts of the country to do it. Once you get used to the extra people, however, it's fun. You meet some real characters, and the exceptional scenery and hard days on the trail are unparalleled.
|Night 2 camp vistas.|
|This is the way up for most folks climbing Ranier.|
|Yet another gorgeous shot of Mt. Ranier, day 4.|
|Carbon Glacier, day 4.|
|Cedar grove, beginning of day 5.|