One of the classic photos of Mt. Rainier is an early morning shot of the mountain over Packwood Lake. The photograph has been on many magazine covers.
To get the photograph takes a four-mile hike into the Goat Rocks Wilderness on the Lily Basin Trail.
The Goat Rocks Wilderness is a favorite of mine. But, it had been 12 years since I hiked into Lily Basin and then Heart Lake, 6 1/2 miles from the trailhead.
I was provided fantastic weather with no clouds in the morning. I took many a photograph of Mt. Rainier.
On the down side the trail had been washed out at 5 1/2 miles, creating a deep and rocky ravine on the headwall of Lily Basin. Even though hikers had been making their way down and up the steep ravine, I decided to put common sense ahead of taking unnecessary chances. As we Mazamas say: There are bold climbers and there are old climbers, but there are no bold and old climbers.
Hiking back to the views of Mt. Rainier, I was treated with the sight of an old hoary marmot sunning itself on a rock.