Sunrise / Yakima Park

Sunrise (also known as Yakima Park) is an area near Mt. Rainier that has a different assortment of plants compared to the areas I had visited on earlier trips (Longmire through Stevens Canyon). A large part of this is likely due to elevation as the parking lot at Sunrise is at an elevation of 6400 feet or 1950 meters.

sunrise visitor center in mt rainier national park

When I ventured up to Sunrise last September I wandered around the parking lot a bit wondering where to go next. From Sunrise Point I had seen the clouds approaching the Sourdough Mountains and thought I should likely get my shots of Rainier and the surrounding area in pretty fast (I was correct). A park ranger was looking at the clouds coming down over the Sourdough Ridge and suggested that I get a jacket on as the temperature was “about to drop and get ugly fast”. I said “thanks for the advice”.

The advice I ignored.

About 20 minutes later I think the temperature probably dropped 10° C, the clouds became darker and the top of the ridge was suddenly hard to see. It became windy. I retrieved my jacket. When I walked past her again she said “Hey nice jacket”. I think that comment had less to do with my jacket (which was nice) and more to do with the fact that we both knew she had been right. Maybe I’ll listen next time.

sourdough ridge from sunrise mt rainier obscured by clouds

sourdough ridge from sunrise sourdough ridge from sunrise

A few wildflowers from the Sunrise area. Alpine Aster (Aster alpigenus) and a flower gone to see that I have yet to identify.

alpine aster - aster alpigenus gone to seed

Sourdough Mountains Panorama

Panorama of the Sourdough Mountains from Sunrise Point in Mt. Rainier National Park. From left to right: Dege Peak, Marcus Peak, and The Palisades. Taken at the same place as my earlier post with Sunrise Lake in the foreground.

9 exposures stitched, Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM @ 17mm

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sourdough mountains dege peak marcus peak the palisades

Sunrise Point & Sourdough Mountains

View to the north from Sunrise Point in Mt. Rainier National Park. I did not venture this far into the park (from the Nisqually entrance) during my first trip to Mt. Rainier due to Stevens Canyon road being closed for repairs. Very different vegetation on this side of the mountain and at this elevation (Sunrise Point is at an elevation of 1860 meters or about 6100 feet).

sourdough ridge from sunrise point the palisades sunrise lake

sourdough ridge from sunrise point and sunrise lake sourdough ridge from sunrise point dege peak