I had heard that camps at Summerland and Indian Bar on the eastern side of Mt. Rainier were some o the most scenic areas, so I looked at the map and found this 3-day loop that took in those areas. There was a slight amount of road-walking at the north and south ends (about a half mile each) to connect the two sides of the loop. For the end of September, the weather was great. It was a bit misty and cloudy the first day, but I was in the forest all the time anyway that day. It was 100% sun and blue sky for days 2 and 3.
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Eastside Trail to Tamanos CreekThe hike started up the Eastside Trail initially along the Ohanapecosh River. After 7 nearly flat miles, I turned left up the Owyhigh Lakes trail and climbed for thousands of feet through the forest, finally breaking out of the trees when it flattened out at 5200 to fall colors in an open valley. Owyhigh Lakes were a half mile further, and another half mile was my camp at Tamanos Creek.
Through Summerland to Indian Bar
Out along the Cowlitz Divide