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Stevens-Van Trump Monument, Mt. Rainier National Park, WA State
USA

On this last day of summer we hiked the Skyline Loop Trail on the south side of Mt. Rainier. On our descent we stopped for a photo at this scenic spot on the east side of the Skyline Trail at the Stevens-Van Trump Monument. This monument was erected at the site of the campground from which Hazard Stevens and PB Van Trump made the first documented ascent of Mt. Rainier on August 17, 1870. It also commemorates the location where their Native American guide Sluiskin waited for their return. The monument was erected by the Mountaineers and Mazamas in 1921 and faces the south side of Mt. Rainier. We continued down to the trailhead amidst a blaze of fall color from the Spiraea and Huckleberry bushes on the slopes nearer Paradise.

Copyright: Bill Edwards
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Resolution: 15084x7542
Taken: 22/09/2015
Uploaded: 24/09/2015
Updated: 06/01/2019
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Tags: skyline loop trail; skyline trail; mt. rainier national park; mt. rainier; washington; hike; hiking; trail; mountain; glacier; stevens-van trump monument
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