We go to Mount Rainier to stay at Paradise almost every summer. It is a place that is both the same and different every year. Mostly one goes up from Paradise to the higher elevations with meadows of wildflowers and unimpeded views of The Mountain. Last year we took a loop hike from Paradise down to Reflection Lakes and Narada Falls.
The combination of woods and lakes and waterfalls with some mountain views has a charm of its own: a bit gentler and less stark than the mountain all on its own. The hike is also a bit less strenuous than the ones to the higher elevations (the down side is that it is downhill going out and uphill going back so the hard part is at the end of the day).
The Road Taken