Emerald Ridge, Mount Rainier National Park
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About this spot
Emerald Ridge culminates with an open meadow and a magnificent view of Mt. Rainier. The ridge is located between the South Puyallup River and Tahoma Creek which originate at the base of the Tahoma and South Tahoma Glaciers. Once the snow has melted off the meadow on the crest of Emerald Ridge, wildflowers take over. As an extra bonus, a small tarn holds water for much of the summer and is perfectly situated for reflecting The Mountain in its still waters. This is not an easy location to access, requiring a 16 mile round trip hike to from the Westside Road to the crest of the ridge. Many hikers prefer to make a multi-day trip of it by looping around to Klapatche Park and St. Andrews Park.
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