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gtach | profile | all galleries >> :: Running :: >> Northern Loop Trail - Mt. Rainier, WA 8.10.2002 tree view | thumbnails | slideshow

Northern Loop Trail - Mt. Rainier, WA 8.10.2002

The Northern Loop Trail is an approximately 40-mile route in Mt. Rainier National Park. As Ron and I drove past Buck Creek where we ran the White River 50 Mile Race two weeks ago under cloudy skies, we wondered what kind of weather wed have. Pulling into the Sunrise parking lot, the skies were clear and the temps cold. The run starts at 6,700 ft and descends to the edge of the Winthrop Glacier, then climbs to Mystic Lake. The lake was full of tadpoles and Ron told me of a bird that walks underwater to feed. The route then drops into Moraine Park, and borders the Carbon Glacier, into Seattle Park to the suspension bridge. This section was packed with hikers (think Tiger Tradition Trail times 10!). We stopped and chatted with a few hikers who were hiking the Wonderland. It was interesting asking what day they were on and how far they were going that day. They were equally impressed when we told them what we were up to. One group of hikers even applauded us as we ran by. The route then descends into the clouds and becomes forest. We then started the first of two 3,000+ ft. climbs, emerging out of the clouds and into the meadows. Yellowstone Cliffs and Windy Gap were full of flowers and there were tons of butterflies and the marmots were scurrying around and whistling frequently. We made a side trip to the natural bridge, which looked like it belonged in Utah. The next descent was down a gnarly trail to the White River. Then the second 3,000+ ft. climb emerges into Grand and Berkeley Parks, again full of flowers and finishes back at Sunrise. Ron guessed that elevation gain to be 10,000 ft. When we finished his Suunto altimeter displayed 9,990. I am fortunate to have shared this run with Ron. On the drive up, he told me that he had accepted a job in Anchorage, and leaves the day after CCC 100. He probably wont be back in Seattle until the Fat Ass 50 in January. Im losing another of a long list of running buddies who have recently moved. : ( Photos with (RN) were taken by Ron.











Me shortly after the start of the run.  The Mt. is so close it's difficult to get it all in the frame. (RN) **Click to enlarge**
Me shortly after the start of the run. The Mt. is so close it's difficult to get it all in the frame. (RN) **Click to enlarge**
Winthrop Glacier.  Headwater of the White River. (RN)
Winthrop Glacier. Headwater of the White River. (RN)
Mystic Lake.  Home of tadpoles and underwater walking birds (Water Ouzel). (RN)
Mystic Lake. Home of tadpoles and underwater walking birds (Water Ouzel). (RN)
Ron - Mystic Lake
Ron - Mystic Lake
Gentiana.calycosa - Mtn Bog Gentian (RN)
Gentiana.calycosa - Mtn Bog Gentian (RN)
Pedicularis.groelandica - Pink Elephanthead (RN)
Pedicularis.groelandica - Pink Elephanthead (RN)
Lupinous.latifolius - Subalpine Lupine (RN)
Lupinous.latifolius - Subalpine Lupine (RN)
Seattle Park (RN)
Seattle Park (RN)
Erythronium.montanum - Avalanche Lilly (RN)
Erythronium.montanum - Avalanche Lilly (RN)
Erythronium.montanum - Avalanche Lilly (RN)
Erythronium.montanum - Avalanche Lilly (RN)
Carbon Glacier (RN)
Carbon Glacier (RN)
CarbonGlacier (RN)
CarbonGlacier (RN)
Me on the Carbon Glacier suspension bridge (RN)
Me on the Carbon Glacier suspension bridge (RN)
Ron on the Carbon Glacier bridge.
Ron on the Carbon Glacier bridge.
Corydalis.scouleri - Western Corydalis (RN)
Corydalis.scouleri - Western Corydalis (RN)
Natural Bridge
Natural Bridge
Me on the Natural Bridge (RN)
Me on the Natural Bridge (RN)
Yellowstone Cliffs wildflowers - trail where we came from
Yellowstone Cliffs wildflowers - trail where we came from
Yellowstone Cliffs - Xerophyllum.tenax - Bear Grass (RN)
Yellowstone Cliffs - Xerophyllum.tenax - Bear Grass (RN)
Yellowstone Cliffs - wildflower fields
Yellowstone Cliffs - wildflower fields
Yellowstone Cliffs
Yellowstone Cliffs
Yellowstone Cliffs - Xerophyllum.tenax - BearGrass - the direction we're headed (RN)
Yellowstone Cliffs - Xerophyllum.tenax - BearGrass - the direction we're headed (RN)
Windy Gap Lake - food stop  (RN)
Windy Gap Lake - food stop (RN)
Ron Windy Gap
Ron Windy Gap
Ron taking photo of ------->
Ron taking photo of ------->
 Mt. Rainier toward Winthrop Glacier & West Fork White River (RN)
Mt. Rainier toward Winthrop Glacier & West Fork White River (RN)
Where I took this photo (RN) -------->
Where I took this photo (RN) -------->
Mt Rainier - Winthrop Glacier & White River
Mt Rainier - Winthrop Glacier & White River
Mt. Rainier - toward Winthrop Glacier & West Fork White River - further up the trail (RN)
Mt. Rainier - toward Winthrop Glacier & West Fork White River - further up the trail (RN)
Toward Berkeley Park - Fremont Lookout on left most peak (RN)
Toward Berkeley Park - Fremont Lookout on left most peak (RN)
Ron filling bottles in the White River
Ron filling bottles in the White River
Ron crossing White River - one of many log crossings.
Ron crossing White River - one of many log crossings.
Anemone.occidentalis - Mouse On A Stick (RN)
Anemone.occidentalis - Mouse On A Stick (RN)