Mother Mountain Loop Hike

This trail is a classic trail running route and makes for a long day hike.
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img_2360 Everybody looking way too excited for an early morning start that had us leaving home in darkness so we had enough time to complete the hike in daylight.
Everybody looking way too excited for an early morning start that had us leaving home in darkness so we had enough time to complete the hike in daylight.
img_2363 Good morning Mt. Rainier! Our first of many views of the mountain.
Good morning Mt. Rainier! Our first of many views of the mountain.
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img_2376 Gavin disapproving our short diversion out to see Spray Falls. It wasn't really worth it since the flow rate was pretty low.
Gavin disapproving our short diversion out to see Spray Falls. It wasn't really worth it since the flow rate was pretty low.
img_2379 See? Not much to look at. Probably would have had a slightly better view by climbing upstream a bit.
See? Not much to look at. Probably would have had a slightly better view by climbing upstream a bit.
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img_2382 Waabam! Spray Park just smacks you in the face with its beauty.
Waabam! Spray Park just smacks you in the face with its beauty.
img_2384 Unfortunately bugs must also enjoy the view so we kept our stops here relatively brief. The bugs were thankfully only a minor annoyance since they weren't...
Unfortunately bugs must also enjoy the view so we kept our stops here relatively brief. The bugs were thankfully only a minor annoyance since they weren't…
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img_2389 Casually strolling through a beautiful mountain meadow with Mount Pleasant in the background.
Casually strolling through a beautiful mountain meadow with Mount Pleasant in the background.