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My wife and I are heading out to Oregon/Washington for two weeks in August.  We were looking for suggestions for hiking Rainier after we spend 5 nights backpacking the South Sister Loop near Bend.  So, we were looking for something around Paradise area since we'll be coming in from the south.  Is it difficult to get a walk in permit overnight for a night or two?  What section/area would you recommend?  Thanks for any suggestions!
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Not being particular is easier for permits.
If it was me, I'd head to Sunrise and wander out from there.
Check out "The Palisades"...


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Just east of the boarder of MRNP is Chinook Pass--a beautiful area with fantastic views of Rainier. You can do a casual little walk/blueberry grab along the PCT near the pass.

If you want a more serious dayhike in the area, travel a little further east to Mt. Aix--one of the best dayhikes in Washington, IMHO. It's a serious day hike: about 12 miles round trip and over 4000 feet of gain. It also tends to be hot in August, but it's worth the sweat for a fantastic view of the volcanoes, the goat rocks, etc.
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Thanks for the suggestions for the dayhikes.  Now if we want to do maybe a one or two day backpack trip what would you recommend?  
Anywhere to camp for a night in the Mt Aix area if we want to spend one night?  Hike 6 in and stay a night or two and hike back out?
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There's a meadow about 4 miles into the Aix hike with a spring. I'm not sure if there is any level ground for a tent or not--I haven't been up there in a long time. (I no longer live in the area.) You could camp on the ridge in good weather--you'd have to haul water up from the spring.

For overnight trips near Mt. Rainier, I'd look at Mystic Lake or Seattle Park.
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Not sure how athletic you want to be; you may want to consider starting at Sunrise and heading over to Paradise from there. Both have large parking lots with plenty of lodge and civilization facilities. You can leave a car in one, drive back to the other. Or just hike back.

Sunrise is usually lots less crowded than Paradise, but has excellent facilities. . . check out the chili at the lodge.

Oh, but be warned. Keep the park green. . . bring money.

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From Frying Pan Creek up to Summer Land and then down Nickle Creek and the road to hitch back.

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