Seattle and Mt. Rainier: Best Parks and Hiking Trails

If you’re ever flying into Seattle from the East (or heading south out of Seattle), think about asking for an “A” seat so you can savor the grandeur of Mt. Rainier out your window. On my wanderings this past month, I was able to enjoy some magnificent views of this majestic peak, which is the highest mountain in the contiguous 48 states (14,411 feet)…and also happens to be a dangerous volcano.On the flight, I sat next to a woman who has lived in Seattle for the past 20 years and is an avid hiker, so I asked her for a list of her favorite hiking trails in Seattle and around Mt. Rainier where you can get some great views without having to actually climb the mountain.                          (Picture below by Troymason via Flickr to Wikipedia)

Jonathan and Gerlinde are meeting Brian and Sarah Cooper in Seattle for a visit in May, so I’m writing this for them in particular, but also for anyone who enjoys hiking and might be living in or traveling to the  Seattle area. Here is the list she wrote out for me: her two top choices are Discovery Park (4-stars) and Paradise Park.             (picture below of Paradise from the National Park Service) which has breath-taking wildflower meadows in the spring and wonderful views of Mt. Rainier. If you have more time, the lady also recommended Green Lake, Carkeek Park, North Bend (both Mt. Si and Little Si) and Shoqualmic Pass. I’ve noticed that you can find a lot more information for each of these parks by googling, which would help you refine your plans according to time, weather, and baby loads! Happy exploring. 🙂

“The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon my high places” (Habakkuk 3:19).