See the Milky Way over Mt. Rainier

Sourdough Ridge Trail, Mount Rainier NP - Search Nearby - 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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Went a couple nights ago to watch the Perseid meteor shower. We camped nearby and hiked out to the ridge for a few hours. The Milky Way is very vivid at the elevation and there's virtually no light pollution.