5 invigorating springtime hikes: Mount Rainier
Rainier Is my favorite place to hike in the U.S. But there are very few trails not covered in snow at this time of the year.
Come late July, the park becomes bikers paradise. The Wonderland Trail is a spectacular 10 day or so hike. The day hikes mentioned after that are pretty pedestrian. Instead, try the Skyline Loop Trail, Pinnacle Saddle, or Burroughs II ( the latter from the Sunrise Visitors Center). Some of the finest hikes - with unbelievable views along the way - available anywhere.
i lived and worked @ mt. rainier national park from june-oct. i used to hike almost everyday. great day hikes to do are pinnacle peak, trail to snow and louise lakes and rampart ridge @ longmire which is below paradise. yes, its verys snowy even in june as well as july. i would recommend going to mt. rainier around july when all the wildflowers are out and in full bloom!
I was surprised to see Mt. Rainier listed here. The picture is taken in July or August. Spring is when the hikers from Washington go to the desert in Southern Utah, Arizona, and California to hike. You should have featured more of those parks.Zion is one of our favorites and has great hikes.
Raf is right. I'm right here in one of those signs of civilization and can tell you, unequivocally, that despite the spring runoff, there is a lot of snow in the park. You might have some luck finding marginal trails (< 6" snow, some bare spots) at Longmire or Ohanapecosh, but Rainier isn't really open for business until June or July. Pretty much everything over 2500' is going to be impassible.