MOUNT RAINIER, Wash. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- From the top of the Crystal Mountain chairlift to inside Mount Rainier National Park, Chief Meteorologist Brandon Wholey takes us on a journey into the crown jewel of his home state, Washington.
The first stop takes us to Crystal Mountain Ski Resort. The flowers were in full bloom that day as he got ready to take the Mount Rainier gondola up to the top of Crystal Mountain.
It was a little hazy that day, because of the wildfires burning on the other side of the Cascades. The gondola takes you up 2,500 feet over lush alpine terrain in less than 10 minutes, and ends with the view you have been waiting for: Mount Rainier towering over 14,000 feet.
To make it a complete day trip, Brandon highly recommends traveling right next door into Mount Rainier National Park. His favorite side of the park is at the northeast corner at a place called Sunrise. There are many different trail options to choose from, whether you are a beginner or an advanced hiker.
Since the trail is steep in places and rocky, hiking poles will help with your footing. The Cascades are serene, and the view of the volcano is absolutely breathtaking.
Coming up in the next weeks, Brandon has much more hiking to do around the area, so stay tuned for more episodes of The Backcountry with Brandon.