Hiking Mount Rainier National Park

Hi friends! I’m coming to you from my brother’s place in Tacoma this morning, but will be headed off to the airport and back to DC shortly! I had an amazing weekend here in Washington State for the Seattle Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon with the Brooks team. I’m going to spend the plane ride organizing my photos and working on my race recap and Seattle/Brooks adventures recaps (a sneak preview is on Instagram), but as for now, I want to share some pictures from an amazing hike I did yesterday with my brother!

mount rainier national park pinnacle saddle

Steve picked me up in Seattle yesterday morning and our first stop was breakfast. On the recommendation of a couple of friends, we hit up Serious Pie & Biscuit. We showed up right when they opened at 9 and I was glad they did – by the time we left, it was packed!


I haven’t had a REALLY good biscuit since moving from North Carolina back to DC, and man, this hit the spot! Definitely worth a visit if you’re in Seattle. I had a biscuit sandwich with a slice of truffled frittata, tomato jam, and arugula. Delicious!


Fueled up, it was time to head back to Tacoma quickly to grab some snacks and drop off Steve’s dog with a friend, and then head on farther south to the mountains!

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Even though my legs were super sore from the half marathon, it was a gorgeous day and you guys know there’s no way I’ll ever pass up a chance to get in a pretty hike! Steve hadn’t had the chance to check out Mount Rainier National Park yet, so we decided that would be a good spot to hit. It was about 2 hours south of Tacoma.


We did some research on trails and decided to hit the Pinnacle Peak Trail, which apparently had lovely views of the Mount Rainier as well as other mountains. Sounded good to me!


We decided to hike to the “Pinnacle Saddle” and back, which is 2.6 miles round trip. There are some less hilly portions, but it’s more or less straight up on the way there, straight down on the way back. My quads were not thrilled with me, but it was totally worth it. :) It took us about 2 hours.



We could not have had a more stunning day for a hike! Mid 70’s and sunny – be still my heart. Do I really have to go back to crazy hot and humid DC?!



I couldn’t get over how amazing the views were! It was a really clear day, and when we came out of the trees we were treated to views of a snowy Mount Rainier.




I think this ties with my hike at Rigi Mountain in Switzerland for most beautiful hike ever… although Colorado hiking is up there, too!


Made it to the saddle! From here, there are trails to continue on up (most are quite challenging), but we needed to get back, sadly. Another time! Instead, we enjoyed the views while having some snacks (trail mix/dried fruit – I also had a tuna wrap once we got back to the car) before heading back the way we came.


mount rainier national park pinnacle peak trail

Hiking is my happy place. So nice to have some time to hang out with my brother, too! <3



We made it back to Tacoma quite exhausted last night and ready for food! After showering up, we walked over to Dirty Oscar’s Annex. Apparently this place has been on the Food Network! It has a cool dive bar/hipster feel. Loved it!



Steve and I both started with side salads to get in a little green, and as for my main course, I got the burger! I always crave burgers after a good hike and this one was delicious. Topped with cheese, bacon, grilled onions, and arugula. Plus sweet potato fries. YUM!


And now, I’d better finish packing up and head off to the airport! I’ll be back tomorrow with the first of my Seattle recaps. Have a great day, everyone!

What’s the most beautiful hike you’ve ever done?


  1. 1

    This post is making me SO excited for the move west! Adding this trail on my “Explore Seattle” list!

  2. 2

    What a stunning hike!!

  3. 3

    The scenery from that hike looks completely gorgeous!

  4. 4

    Nice! I am headed out to Seattle to visit my brother in October and I am excited for all the scenery!!

  5. 5

    Those pictures are stunning! I travel up to Washington weekly for work, and now I’m thinking I need to stay for a weekend and do some hiking.

  6. 6

    I’ve lived in the Tacoma/Seattle area my whole life and still have yet to do a hike at Mt Rainier! I’ve been there quite a few times but have never done an actual hike there. I’m going to have to check out that restaurant now too after seeing that burger! Hope you had a safe flight!

  7. 8

    Those are some breathtaking mountains!!! I can only imagine what they looked like in person!

  8. 9

    You take such amazing pictures Anne! Thanks for sharing. Those are some gorgeous moutains.

  9. 10

    Gosh, that looks breathtaking! We *almost* took a trip to Seattle and the surrounding national parks last year, and this makes me so sad that we decided on a different vacation. I would love to live somewhere with so much gorgeous natural beauty so close at hand. Here in San Francisco, I can’t complain too much, but the national parks like Yosemite and Kings Canyon are a longer drive away than the ones near Seattle. It would be so so amazing to do these kinds of things on a regular weekend, don’t you agree?

  10. 12

    Anne, I wanted to add one note — whenever I read your blog (daily M-F!), I notice that the little icons on the left side (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) block part of the text. I don’t know if it’s just my browser, but I thought I’d mention it! Looking forward to the race recap :)

    • 13

      Oh weird – thank you for the heads up (and for your faithful reading! :) ) — which browser are you using?

      • 14

        I’m using Firefox. I just tried making my browser wider, and that fixed it, so it only happens when the browser is relatively narrow. I usually keep Firefox on only half my screen, which is pretty wide since I have an enormous monitor at work, and in that size it does block the text. No biggie, and seems to be potentially only affecting people like me :)

  11. 16

    What a beautiful hike! I recently moved to the Seattle area and plan on hiking at Mt. Rainier soon. On Sunday my husband and I hiked in the Issaquah Alps near Seattle and climbed to Poo Poo Point, which had a spectacular view of Mt. Rainier, but nothing compared to your photos!

  12. 17
    Kariann Lee says

    Ahhh! I’ve been following you for awhile (LOVE your quick, easy, healthy recipes), and this is the first time I am commenting. You’re right in my neighborhood! I love DOA! They’ve got a mean breakfast and moonshine :D And that’s awesome you did Mount Rainier! That’s been on my to do list for years!

    I think the most beautiful hike I’ve done is on the island I grew up; I am from Kaua’i (HI). The hike is called Hanakapi’ai on the north shore. It’s the most north you can go where it dead ends at Ke’e Beach and that’s where you begin the hike! Go early in the morning so you can find a good parking spot and feel the sun kiss you as the day goes on. :)

  13. 19

    These pictures are amazing!! I would love to hike this someday.

  14. 20

    love those pics! we did some like hiking in harper’s ferry this weekend. it was super hot and we had our dog so we didn’t stay too long but so beautiful!

  15. 22
    Jacquelyn says

    Gorgeous pictures! Looks like a great hike.

    My favorite so far was probably Garibaldi Mt./Lake, which is a couple hours north of Vancouver, BC. We took the long way up the mountain and almost missed the lake, but fortunately got some advice from a couple of guys working on the trails and added it into our loop. Crazy beautiful, so glad we didn’t miss it!

  16. 23

    Your brother must live literally next door to me! I am within walking distance of DOA’s, too :) Glad you enjoyed your time in the PNW.

  17. 27

    Wow! Absolutely stunning views! I want to do this next time I’m in Seattle. One of my husband’s and my goals is to go to every national park so this is obviously on our list. So far my favorite hikes have been in Arches National Park and Zion. Brooks field trip to Rainier next year! So glad you had a fun last day in the city! xoxo

  18. 29

    Those pictures are just stunning! So beautiful! I’ve hiked the kalalau trail (I think I spelled that right!) on Kauai, which is beautiful but in a totally different way. And my desert trails aren’t’ too shabby either, but again, a different type of beauty. It sound like you had a wonderful time.

  19. 30

    Seriously so gorgeous out there! We recently hiked the Summerland Trail in the same park. It was spectacular. Now I guess we need to add this trail to our list for our next visit. Thank you for sharing your incredible experience!

  20. 32

    Wonderful wonderful scenery and photography.

  21. 33
    Dana Longwell says

    My husband and I hiked one of the trails on Mt. Ranier about 4 years ago (can’t remember which one) but it was by far the most spectacular thing either of us has ever seen! Even as we were looking at the scenery live it looked not real and too perfect. So amazing! I want to go back again for sure and do more of the trails there.

  22. 34

    My husband and I are headed to Seattle for a wedding the end of July….definitely putting this on the list of things to do! Looks so gorgeous!

  23. 35

    Excuse me while I go pick my jaw up off the floor…oh my gosh! If it looks that beautiful in the photos, I can only imagine what it looks like in person. Thanks for adding another thing to my ‘list’! :)

  24. 36
    Roadrunner says

    One word: Wow!

    And great fun, too.

  25. 37

    Wow!! Amazing views! I’m definitely going to make a point to go there next time I’m in Washington state! Hi to Steve! Looks like you guys had a great hike :)

  26. 38

    Hi which month did you go? I’m planning to go in july. I want to know if it’s still going to be pretty?


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