Our Mount Rainier National Park hike began at Sunrise Trailhead. A visitor's center, gift shop, and day lodge are located there.
The trail provided views of mountains all around, some green,
and some rocky, jagged, or snow covered.
This is Frozen Lake, appropriately named.
In the first few miles, we saw a couple of dozen hikers, but after we passed through this enchanted forest, we were all alone.
One somewhat hysterical hiker, bear spray in hand, reported she had just seen a grizzly. Since no grizzly is known to live in the area, according to several rangers we spoke to, she probably saw a black bear. We didn't see any bears, black or otherwise.
Only chipmunks, and the cute marmots shown above. Rodents like people, who tend to leave lots of lunch leftovers for them to feast upon.