Northwest Part VI – Mt. St. Helens & Mt. Rainier

The last places on our Northwest trip were Mount St. Helens and Mount Rainier. Both were spectacular. The story of St. Helens’ eruption was a reminder of just how powerful and dangerous nature can be. Over 30 years later, signs of the eruption are still clearly seen in the barren landscape surrounding the mountain. The before and after photos are incredible and it’s very difficult to imagine such a lush landscape ever existed.

The day we spent hiking around Mount Rainier was probably the most beautiful day of the entire trip. It was a perfect temperature and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. The area around the mountain was beautiful and provided a glimpse into what Mount St. Helens used to look like.

Both these parks were amazing, and I definitely want to make a return trip to each. One day for each was not enough to truly understand each unique landscape.

A view of Mount St. Helens

A view of Mount St. Helens

A view of Mount Rainier from Reflection Lake.

A view of Mount Rainier from Reflection Lake.

Some large trees on a hike around Mount Rainier.

Some large trees on a hike around Mount Rainier.

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