Despite the threat of a wildfire at Rainier earlier in the week, Yun and Alex’s Mount Rainier engagement shoot was all I hoped it would be. They wanted the best views of Rainier and were happy to hike to a short distance to get them. I suggested a trail I recently found — it’s a short, gentle walk to a fire lookout overlooking Mount Rainier, and it offers more privacy than shooting within the gates of Mount Rainier National Park.
Finding the perfect Washington state national park to elope in was at top of mind when Stan and Michele reached out to me about photographing their destination elopement. Hailing from Wisconsin, these two were in search of mountains and water, and there is no better place to find the two than the North Cascades National Park. With 300 glaciers, over 500 alpine lakes, and some of the most rugged peaks in the United States, the North Cascades is jaw-dropping to say the least.
Zoe and I arrived at the trailhead to a dusting of snow while it was still dark outside. The one thing that was visible was the cloud cover. There was a heavy fog everywhere. Our plan was to hike two miles to an overlook and take photos at sunrise, but I was beginning to wonder if it would be worth the time, considering we could get the same foggy images where we were.
In the last few years, I’ve come to love hiking, and if I have a free weekend, you can count on me to be on the trails. This last year I’m proud to say I logged 175 miles, and in the past three years I’ve done over 60 unique hikes in Washington. Now, I’m happy to share my favorites of those hikes with you.
My husband, Zach, and I backpacked to Havasupai Falls in the Grand Canyon in April of 2018. It felt unbelievably surreal while we were there, and it still doesn’t feel like it really happened.
Havasupai and Mooney Falls are two of the most famous waterfalls in the world, and rightly so. Their turquoise waters, surrounded by red rocks, are stunning. The trip there is quite the trek though — 10 miles each way, to be specific.
High Rock Lookout, right outside of Rainier National Park, has all the perks of eloping inside the park with out the need of a permit, park entrance fees, or the crowds. This hike boasts of 360 degrees of jaw dropping views, dramatic cliff sides, the perfect view of Rainier, and access to the historical fire lookout in case of inclement weather .