Pacific Northwest Nature Photographers Events

Mount Rainier, Saturday & Sunday, August 9th & 10th

Thanks to great ideas from Simon and Scott, we have an itinerary for the first PNWNP excursion. Mark your calendars for August 9-10. Our destination is Mount Rainier National Park. Early August should be peak wildflower season on the mountain and the weather will hopefully provide for great photography. On a clear day the 14,411-foot, glacier-covered volcano, Mount Rainier, can be seen from 100 miles away. The wildflower display in the high alpine meadows during the summer is spectacular.

Saturday Itinerary

We'll meet at the Reflection Lake parking lot at 5:30am before sunrise on Saturday the 9th. There is plenty of parking so no matter the size of the group, it would accommodate. We'll photograph sunrise in the Reflection Lake area—this is a large area with many and varied subject options.

After Reflection Lake, we'll take half the cars and car pool up to the parking lot past Myrtle Falls. From the parking lot, we'll take the Lakes Trail; just off the parking lot there is a good place to shoot the Paradise River as it cascades down next to the trail. On the Lakes Trail we'll shoot as we go—Mazama Ridge, Artist's Pool, Faraway Rock—the possibilities are endless.

We'll then take the Lake Trail back to the Parking Lot at Reflection Lake—by car pooling we don't need to hike back and we can pick up the other cars easily.

Lunch—let's plan on bag lunches so we can get back to the photography.

After lunch, we'll head to Paradise Parking lot and hike the trail to the East side of Nisqually Glacier. This is a great place to shoot both Rainier and the Tatoosh Range.

Depending on conditions we can decide where to shoot sunset.

Dinner—it would be fun to have dinner as a group, again, we can decide at the time an appropriate venue, Simon has some experience with the area, and would be happy to make suggestions.

Sunday Itinerary

Sunday will likely be a half-day since many will need to get back home for work the next day. Let's see what happens on Saturday and as a group plan our Sunday outing.


Camping—check out these camping facilities, but remember, things book up quickly.

Hotel—It looks like the best places to stay are in Ashford, Washington.
Here is a list of possibilities: Lodging

I booked a room at the Nisqually Lodge in Ashford. Their rates are very reasonable—$75-$80 per night. As of June 1, they have roughly 12 rooms available...


From Seattle—Take Interstate 5 South to Tacoma. From Tacoma take Route 7 South to Route 706 which takes you to the Nisqually entrance of the park

From Portland—Take Interstate 5 North to Exit 68, East onto US Highway 12 for 31 miles to State Route 7 North to Route 706 which takes you to the Nisqually entrance.

Need more info?

Send me an email if you have any questions or want more information.

Suggestion for an event?

Please contact PNWNP Regional Coordinator with suggestions for events or meeting locations for the group.