By Michael Lanza

If you’re looking for a good introductory backpacking trip at Mount Rainier National Park, you could hardly do better than the three-day, 22-mile hike from Mowich Lake to Sunrise, much of it on the Wonderland Trail. Crossing the northern tier of the park, you’ll enjoy some of the best wildflower displays in the West in Spray Park and Berkeley Park, get a close-up look at the massive Carbon Glacier, and have your brain question the validity of the signals it’s receiving from your eyes when you look up at Rainier’s dramatic north face from spots like Mystic Lake.

Check out the photo gallery below from that trip, then read my story “Wildflowers, Waterfalls, and Slugs at Mt. Rainier,” which includes more photos and a video.

See also my Ask Me story listing my favorites dayhikes at Rainier, and another story about a solo backpacking trip I took on Rainier’s Northern Loop that nearly went very badly, as well as my ”

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