Emmons Glacier Moraine Trail

Living close to Mount Rainier provides for many opportunities to enjoy the beauty of creation. Recently I took a quick hike up the Glacier Basin Trail along the White River. The White River is formed from the melt of the Emmons glacier. The trail take one along the Inter Fork of the river to a base camp many climbers start from to climb to Camp Shurman and the Columbia Crest climbing route. There is a short trail one can take so that you can get up close and personal with the original of the White River.

Mount Rainier and Little Tahoma from the Emmons Moraine Trail

In autumn, the east side is usually less populated as the park closes the Sunrise Visitor Center shortly after Labor Day weekend. With morning gray clouds from the marine layer hovering over the Puget Sound, many people tend to give up hope of clear hiking. For me, it is an opportunity to quietly explore the more family friendly trails. This fall morning there were two nice sized bears in the campground and only one other car.

The clouds opened up to glorious views of the mountain, glacier and the colors of a changing season.

Yellow Tree under Little Tahoma


Unicorn Creek and Martha Falls

Unicorn Creek and Martha Falls are located east of Paradise and Reflection Lake in Mount Rainier National Park. It is easily viewed from across Stevens Canyon on SR 706.

Lower section of Martha Falls

It descends from Snow Lake into Stevens Creek. According to Bryan Swan’s excellent website (Northwest Waterfall Survey), the entire drop from Snow Lake is approximately 665 feet.

Unicorn Creek Descends from Snow Lake

It descends in a series of cascading falls.

Unicorn Creek Middle Section

The Falls are an excellent opportunity for photography.

Martha Falls at Sunset