Shadow Lake, Mt. Rainier National Park, Washington

Shadow Lake, Mt. Rainier National Park, Washington

Shadow Lake is a short, 2.6 mile (round trip) hike from the Sunrise Visitors Center parking lot at Mt. Rainier National Park, Washington.

Many people visit Shadow Lake when returning from longer hikes. Often creating a loop from the Burroughs Mountain, Fremont Lookout, or Berkely Park trail, the longer route is less crowded than, the more direct and popular trails.

I arrived at Shadow Lake early evening. It was warm, partly cloudy, with active swarms of mosquitos (a good thing for bug spray). I had spent the day hiking to Berkely Park.

The sun, blocked by surrounding ranges, created shadows over one-half of the lake. Sunlight was shining on the opposite shore and sub-alpine forest. Sourdough Ridge stands in the distance. A slight breeze caused small ripples over the surface of the water.

As a pair of hikers spent a few minutes along the shoreline, I composed my photograph. The short break allowed me time to be present and enjoy the scene before me.

This last stop for a photograph was an excellent way to finish a beautiful day hiking Mt. Rainier National Park’s alpine zone.