On summer weekends, when "the mountain is out," as the locals say, busloads of noisy tourists descend on Mount Rainier, cameras at hand. But for anyone willing to expend a little bit of energy to get away from the crowds, this mountain, which dominates the Puget Sound and western Washington skyline for miles, has many secrets to share: mountain goats and marmots, streaming waterfalls, ominous walls of ice deep in the rainforest, and thousand-year-old trees set against subalpine meadows teeming with summer wildflowers. … Back to Article
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