See the Milky Way over Mt. Rainier
Washington › Sourdough Ridge Trail, Mount Rainier NP
Added by Michael Matti
- See and photograph the Milky Way over Mount Rainier
- The best spot to get these photos is a short hike from the parking area
- Be sure to check weather reports before heading out
- Duration: A few hours
The Milky Way and Mount Rainier is a beautiful combination. In order to get a photo of the Milky Way over Mount Rainier you need to be in the right spot at the right time of year. The spot seen in the photographs is a great spot in that it isn't too far of a hike and provides an unobstructed view of the mountain and the milky way. To reach the spot, park at the Sunrise Visitor Center in Mt. Rainier NP and hike up the Sourdough Ridge Trail towards Frozen Lake. You only need to hike about a mile on the trail and then scamper up the small ridge on the left of the trail to get the view needed for the shot.
Be sure to check weather conditions as there needs to be a clear sky in order to see the stars. As far as time of year, the Milky Way is best seen in the summer months, but late spring or early fall will work as well.
Location of Trailhead: 46.915788, -121.643709
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Watch out for Clouds!
We went around the first of August, got to sunrise late and had to scramble up the hillside to find our friends who got there earlier. There was a large blanket of clouds covering the mountain around 10:30pm, but we decided to wait till 12:30am and boy was it worth it! We got some great cloud action around the base of the mountain and the foreground and by about 2-3am the mountain was clearly out and the milky was was directly (vertical) above it. Such and incredible night. It was also rad seeing the climbers making their ascent up the mountain around 12:30-1am. Definitely a 5 start experience. P.S. bring warm clothes, it gets a lil nippy.
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