Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park

Ascend to Paradise

July 28, 2008, 8:36 am
ASHFORD, WASH.: We were on a mountain pilgrimage to Paradise. That's where you will find the flower-strewn meadows at 5,420 feet on the southern flank of Mount Rainier, a big and imposing mountain that is the centerpiece of Mount Rainier National Park. Paradise, at the end of a long, winding road, is the No. 1 tourist destination in the park. Martha Longmire, who helped found the first hotel in the area, had once proclaimed of the mountain meadows: ''This must be what paradise is like.'' Naturalist John Muir proclaimed the meadows at Paradise to be the most magnificent he had ever seen.