There’s still snow at Mount Rainier’s Paradise, even patches at Hurricane Ridge in the Olympics (check out those webcams). Sunrise Visitor Center at Rainier won’t open until July 8, when outdoor enthusiasts will see “massive amounts of snow, due to near record snowfall this winter,” according to the Visit Rainier executive director Mary Kay Nelson.
So pack your crampons and toboggan on that day hike—or, even better, stick to lowland hikes until late summer. Here are some of our snow-free favorites:
• Shi Shi Beach There’s no snow on the beach, silly. But after getting sand in uncomfortable places, you may miss the quick-to-melt slippery stuff.
• Boulder River Trail This North Cascades hike took a beating in winter weather, with blowdowns and mud holes around every turn, but the waterfalls are a thing of beauty. Step carefully.