5 great day-hikes around Mount Rainier

Hiking author Mickey Eisenberg still treks eight to 10 miles on weekends at age 69, often with his buddy Gene Yore, a young 76. Their knees aren’t that creaky, and they still can tread some serious miles, so why not, Eisenberg said.

“When people think of Mount Rainier National Park, they typically think of Mount Rainier itself,” said Eisenberg, a physician. Most don’t realize that in addition to “The Big One,” there are 100 peaks located in or adjacent to the park, often with fewer visitors, and many with summits reachable by hiking trails requiring no specialized mountaineering equipment.

The authors have chosen their five favorite summer day-hikes in the park. The best time to go is mid-July to mid-September, Eisenberg said.

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