Mt Rainier: Longmire to Emerald Ridge

I backpacked from Longmire on the Wonderland Trail, camping at the Devils Dream camping area, and hiking further to Indian Henry's Hunting Ground that afternoon, and further to Emerald Ridge the next day.

The seasonal bridge over Paradise Creek on the 5.7 mile hike.

Blooming dogwood

Spectacular avalanche lilies near Squaw Lakes

Squaw Lake

Indian Henry's Hunting Ground - alpine meadow

Pyramid Peak

Me on the Wonderland Trail suspension bridge over Tahoma Creek

Looking down at Tahoma Creek, 165 feet below!

Just for some scale . . .

Western pasque flower, also known as hippie heads

Emerald Ridge meadow

Local resident marmot

Lookng across at Klapatche Ridge after the clouds finally cleared (I waited two hours)

Amazing view above Emerald Ridge

This creek (center right) flows right into this huge hole - but where does it come out?

Tiger lilies!

Finally clear after two days: Mt. Rainier looms over the ranger station at Indian Henry's Hunting Ground