Frozen Lake & Burroughs Mountain at Mt Rainier

I took a short half-day trip to Mt Rainier to see some wildflowers. But alas, this year's summer was warmer than usual and the wildflowers were already gone. Two years ago at around the same time, the Sunrise area of Mt Rainier were literally carpeted with alpine wildflowers, but now, they were nowhere to be found.

I did a short hike from Sunrise to Frozen Lake, and then to the First Burroughs Mountain and back to Sunrise again. I'd say the total distance was probably about 5 miles. There was hardly any elevation gain and it was an easy walk.

Despite the lack of wildflowers, the scenery was still spectacular. This is Mount Rainier National Park after all. 

That shelf of ice covered half the lake when I was there two years ago at around the same time. Now, it hangs on tenaciously and will soon be gone.

That shelf of ice covered half the lake when I was there two years ago at around the same time. Now, it hangs on tenaciously and will soon be gone.