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Upper Glacier Basin, Mt. Rainier National Park, WA State

Today I hiked to the upper section of Glacier Basin on the east side of Mt. Rainier. From this view you can see the Inter Glacier which is on the route to Camp Shurman. The drainage into the moraine forms the Inter Fork White River. The Inter Glacier has receded in recent years and today you can see the rapid melt into the river below. And this year because of the unseasonably hot spring, flowers in this area are 10 weeks ahead of their normal development. St. Elmo Pass at 7,500 feet is on the ridge to the right. This shot, taken high in the basin, captures a very small glacier fed creek with moss and wildflowers. I estimate this hike at 8.2 miles round trip 2,700 feet of elevation gain.

Copyright: Bill Edwards
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 15052x7526
Taken: 06/08/2015
Uploaded: 07/08/2015


Tags: glacier basin; inter glacier; inter fork white river; white river; mt. rainier national park; washington; hike; hiking; trail; mountain; meadow; wildflowers; creek
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