Saturday, October 5th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 10:00pm
Where We Will Meet
Meet at Reflection Lake Parking Lot
Where The Walk Will End
Meet at Reflection Lake Parking Lot
About This Walk
Mt Rainier National Park is located 2 hours south of Seattle, Washington, USA. Enter through the Nisqually entrance, pay the fee or use annual national park pass. Fee payers get 7 days. Upon entering, drive through Longmire, to Stevens Canyon Road. Turn right, parking is 1/2 mile on left directly in front of Reflection Lake. The Pinnacle Peak hike is uphill 2.5 miles and is a vista view of the glacial covered volcano, Mt. Rainier. It frequently rains in Washington so if the mountain is not visible we will take the lakes trail that has no elevation gain around reflection lake. Weather permitting, the photo walk will end with an epic sunset reflection of the mountain on the lake. Plan to be set-up for the evening sunset by 6 pm since it is a popular and extremely accessible stop.
What to Bring: Please bring a camera, either SLR or cell phone, tripod, day backpack, sturdy boots or shoes, a jacket, lunch and snacks. Be prepared for rain and low light photography as well as the chance of extremely bright and contrasty photography. Neutral density filters, polarizing filters, wide angle lenses, as well as macro lenses for wildflowers suggested but not required. If by chance there is a thick cloud coverage, we will include several lovely waterfalls that are close by into the walk, you will need a neutral density filter and tripod for these shots.
Bathrooms and a small general store are located at Longmire. The National Park Inn at Longmire has lodging and a restaurant. Camping at Cougar Rock through October 14th
We will practice and be good stewards of Leave No Trace policy. Please stay on trail and out of meadows they are very fragile. NO PETS allowed on trails within Mt. Rainier National Park.
For examples of some of the landscapes, see my webpage below and find the mountains gallery. Early fall is a lovely time of year with a full range of colorful foliage in this area. No matter the weather, you will not be disappointed.
Leader will select your submission for entry into the grand prize categories.
Categories include, still shots, video and cell phone photography.
For a list of prizes and winners from previous years, see the tabs above this page.
Detailed Information UpdateSeptember 14th, 2019
I am looking forward to meeting you! We have a small number of people for this walk and/or hike, if you decide to be adventurous, are in great physical shape, head up to Pinnacle Peak saddle. If an easier stroll is wanted, stay at Reflection Lake. Either way here is a map of the area. Please download your own map and decide ahead of time whether you would like to hike up to Pinnacle Peak or walk around Reflection Lake. There is also time to do both. In all cases, please be prepared with the 10 essentials, sturdy boots, a headlamp or tiny flashlight so you can fuss with your settings in low light. Mostly know and understand your physical limitations and abilities. It can get cold while waiting at Reflection Lake so bring gloves, hat, coat, long pants, snacks, water. Take a look at the link below to decide whether you want to attempt the elevation gain and terrain at Pinnacle Peak. The Reflection Lake area is a stroll. https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/27963242 I’ve also attached a link with a video of the area, including some rocky terrain footage and some photos I have taken. https://elliottslocationphoto.smugmug.com/Video-Shorts/Pinnacle-Peak-Reflection-Lakes-Narada-Falls/ Please let me know if you have any questions, the video and photos are to get you excited about the area and make good choices so you have a great time and stay safe. I am a avid hiker and outdoor enthusiast so I cannot be responsible for the comfort of others and keeping everyone staying together in a group the entire time. More than likely you will want to fan out in the area. We all have differing abilities but I will do my best at giving you facts so you can decide your path. Reminder: Please adhere to Leave No Trace Policy, what you pack in take out. Stay out of any and all meadows. There are no bathrooms in this location. The nearest facilities are at Longmire, and Paradise. Dogs are not allowed on trails. Lisa
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