last week Adam hiked to the Mt. Fremont fire lookout (Mount Rainier National Park) for the fourth year in a row

It’s a tradition. Every year since Adam was born, he has visited the Mt. Fremont fire lookout in Mount Rainier National Park. Last week was a special treat because we got to do it with Tonni Renee and Jack. Adam did a lot of walking on this hike, including all the way from the fire lookout to Frozen Lake (and other parts in between). This year, there were two volunteers installing new wood flooring in the lookout. They invited us inside to take a look around. They let us look through their spotting scope at a mountain goat browsing on the lower northeast arm of Mt. Fremont. The Mt. Fremont fire lookout has taken a beating the last few years. The roof has been blown off at least twice. It’s really exposed up there. However, Adam was most concerned by the torn yellow foam of the mattresses inside the lookout.  I took the picture below of the Emmons Glacier on Mt. Rainier, as we were returning to Sunrise in the evening.

In the next shot, you can see the trail traversing the side of Mt. Fremont before it finally disappears around the ridge. Adam hiked all of that under his own power. There’s a lot of shattered rock on the trail here, but he didn’t have a single fall. I was tense the entire time, but he insisted on doing it himself. Then, go figure…..we get to flat, hard dirt by Frozen Lake and he falls really hard on his face trying to run and catch up with me.

this is what the trail looks like as you depart from the fire lookout and head south toward Rainier en route back to Sunrise Visitor Center; it’s a seven mile roundtrip hike; if you look closely, you’ll see a marmot hang-gliding off Little Tahoma

The journey to the Mt. Fremont fire lookout gets easier every year. It was nasty business changing a poopy diaper all the way up here that first year. Plus, I was scared he would freeze to death. Hiking with him has gotten a lot less complicated!

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