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Opus
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PostMon Oct 23, 2006 8:42 am 
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Indian summer weekend!  Too good to pass up, so another hike was in order for sunday.  Lookout Mountain was excellent the day before, if knee-punishing, so we looked for another fire lookout hike with a mellower approach.  I hadn't been to Shriner for a few years so down to Rainier we went.

At the trailhead we were suprised to see a large group of cars arranged on the shoulder!  We were able to park right by the trailhead sign and started heading up.  Right away we were passed as we creakily walked along on stiff knees.  After a few milies we finally emerged from the trees and into the remnants of an excellent fall color display.  Many of the berry bushes had shed their leaves but an equal number held on with brilliant red glowing in the low sun.

Rainier appears suddenly on this trip as you crest a small ridge.  It really sneaks up on you.  We of course stopped for some photos here before moving on with Rainier now constanly on the horizon.  Dropping back into the valley near the creek the ground was frozen with ice crystals in the soil.  The creek itself was totally dry.

The plants lining the trail for the final climb were especially brilliant!  Bright red everywhere!  And just over the last ridge we spotted the lookout, securely boarded up for the winter.  We also found a large Mountaineers group here - explaining all the cars. The left soon enough and we poked around the campsites and mountaintop.

On the way down we were constantly surprising chipmunks and squirrels rustling in the fallen leaves.  I'd never seen so many in one trip!  We even spotted a grouse, I hadn't seen one in awhile.  Excellent trip for a clear fall day, best Rainier view I've seen!


Shriner Peak trip photos
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Trevor
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PostMon Oct 23, 2006 9:24 am 
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Beautiful photographic opuses, Opus. The vertical-lookout compo.  is certainly one of merit.

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Backpacker Joe
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PostMon Oct 23, 2006 9:41 am 
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Im with Treb.  Great shots Opie. up.gif

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Davidą
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PostMon Oct 23, 2006 10:02 am 
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Dean
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PostMon Oct 23, 2006 10:34 am 
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Very nice pics and trip report.   up.gif  up.gif I posted a link to this thread at my Summitpost Shriner Peak page.   Please feel free to add your pics there as well and sign the log book.  Shriner is such a nice hike to a lookout and the views of Rainier are choice.  High Rock is another great viewpoint.

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Opus
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PostMon Oct 23, 2006 10:58 am 
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David & Karen wrote:
Shriner Lookout has been on my radar for some time - it looks like a difficult hike to really capture in photos but you have done an admirable job - best I've seen so far.  I like the balance of #3 (although at first I thought that hiker had a child carrier).

~David

Thanks!  I went up Shriners a few years ago with similar conditions.  I wasn't happy with those photos so I wanted to try again.  The hikers on the hillside would have been better if they were't so fast!  When I framed it the others were out of sight, then right on the shot that second head popped up!  lol.gif
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PostMon Oct 23, 2006 11:26 am 
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This is a great peak to snow shoe up and camp. Great sunrise shots in the morning!  Nice Opus!! up.gif
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PostMon Oct 23, 2006 6:21 pm 
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Super colors and wonderous photos!
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PostThu Oct 26, 2006 9:11 pm 
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Great pics!! I was hoping for similar fall colors when I was down that way on the same weekend. Guess I didn't get high enough on the peaks I hiked. Oh well, great inspiration to get this one done, sometime soon. That snowshoe camp-out sounds like a helluva' idea as well.

Thanks!
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sarbar
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PostFri Oct 27, 2006 6:06 am 
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I did Shriner last year and we got it to ourselves. A thick fog and cloud combo rolled in the late evening (we started hiking at 4 pm.....) and spent the night in our tents at the end of the ridge in the farthest campsite. We couldn't see anything past a couple inches. It was so beautiful! The wind would move and the clouds with it. Was one of my best backpacking nights.
That and it was so quiet up there. Just the wind. That is area where you can look out and see nothing but ridge after ridge of nothing but trees  up.gif

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