Landscapes and Wildflowers
July 31 – August 5, 2022
Ascending 14,410 feet above sea level, Mt Rainier dominates the Seattle skyline. It’s capped with snow and glaciers year-round and surrounded by old-growth forests, alpine lakes, and rivers.
Mt. Rainier became the fifth National Park in the US in 1899, named after British Rear Admiral Peter Rainier and is known as Tahoma by native tribes. Seattle-area residents simply refer to it as “The Mountain.” Summer is a perfect time to visit and photograph Mt. Rainier. Weather is ideal by the end of July, snow has melted away at lower elevations, and a sea of wildflowers bloom in the meadows, adding to the grandeur of the scenery.
This workshop focuses on the wildflower meadows, grand mountain vistas, and alpine lakes around the Paradise and Sunrise areas of the park. We’ll also plan to visit the old-growth forest of the Grove of the Patriarchs and waterfalls in the park. Our days will start early for sunrise and end late for sunset. Weather-permitting, we’ll also venture out at night to capture the stars and Milky Way over the iconic peak. We’ll hold our famous image reviews where you’ll learn about composition and post-processing from our two instructors.
This workshop is designed to follow our Olympic National Park workshop.
Muench Workshops is an Authorized Permittee of the National Park Service.
This itinerary is subject to change due to weather, local conditions, and other factors.
July 31, 2022: Arrive in Seattle no later than 11:00 AM. We will either pick you up at SeaTac airport or at your hotel. We will then drive to Mt. Rainier National Park with lunch along the way. After checking in to Paradise Inn, we’ll head out for our first sunset shoot on the trails in Paradise.
August 1, 2022: We’ll wake early for sunrise at Bench Lake, followed by breakfast at the Paradise Inn. During the day, we’ll visit trails and waterfalls around Paradise based on weather conditions. Dinner at Paradise Inn, followed by a sunset shoot at Ricksecker Point and star photography at Reflection Lake.
August 2, 2022: Early sunrise shoot at Reflection Lake, followed by breakfast at the Paradise Inn. We then check out of our hotel and drive to lodging at Crystal Mountain ski resort to be closer to the Sunrise area of the park. We’ll take a gondola ride at the ski resort for epic views of Mt. Rainier. After dinner, we’ll head to Sunrise for a late night of Milky Way photography.
August 3, 2022: After a late night, we’ll have a leisurely breakfast at Crystal Mountain, followed by daytime shooting at the Grove of the Patriarchs. After dinner at Crystal Mountain, we’ll have a sunset shoot around the Sunrise area of the park.
August 4, 2022: We’ll wake early for a sunrise shoot at Tipsoo Lake, then return to our hotel for breakfast and a critique. In the evening, we’ll do another sunset shoot in the Sunrise area of the park.
August 5, 2022: We’ll wake early again on our last morning for a sunrise and wildflower shoot in Yakima Park. Following sunrise, we’ll have breakfast and check out of our hotel. We’ll drive back to Seattle for flights home anytime after 3:00 PM.
Moderate: You must be able to do hikes up to two miles on uneven and sometimes steep ground with moderate elevation gain. You must be able to carry your pack while navigating the uneven terrain.
Arrive Seattle–Tacoma International Airport (SEA), Seattle, Washington before 11:00 AM on July 31, 2022. Flights out can be made after 3:00 PM on August 5, 2022.
What to Bring
Please see our page How To Prepare For Your Workshop. We will send you a detailed information document 90 days before your workshop. This document will include specifics of where and when to meet, gear and clothing recommendations, and more.
- Double occupancy lodging. Single available for $1,000 supplement.
- All meals, soft drinks, and snacks during the workshop
- All permits and park fees
- All transportation during the workshop
- Tips for crew, drivers, and local guides
- Photographic guiding and instruction from 2 pros
- Image reviews and post-processing instruction
- Adventure, fun, inspiration, and a great time!
- Travel to and from Seattle, Washington.
- Passport and visa fees (if applicable).
- Any meals or accommodations before or after the workshop dates.
- Items of a personal nature.
- Alcoholic beverages.
- Medical Evacuation Insurance (required).
- Travel Medical and Trip Cancellation Insurance (optional, but recommended).
- Anything else specifically not listed as included.
- Single rooming available for $1,000 supplement.
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