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A GUIDE FOR ALL MEGAN MONTALVO PHOTOGRAPHY COUPLES

THE LOCATION GUIDE 

MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK

I. TRAVEL TIME FROM SEATTLE | 2-3 HOURS

II. TRAVEL FROM OLYMPIA | 2 HOURS

III. HIKING TIME | OPTIONAL

IV. SEASONAL CLOSURES | Weather dependent

V. PARKING PASS | NATIONAL PARK PASS

VI. NOTeS |  TIRE CHAINS REQUIRED | NOV.1 - May.1

VII. SEASONS | SNOW MELTS IN JUNE / WILDFLOWERS PEAK IN AUGUST / FALL COLORS SEPT-OCT / SNOW BEGINS AS EARLY AS MID-SEPT BUT MORE LIKELY OCT.

PARADISE SIDE

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mount rainier

I. TRAVEL TIME FROM SEATTLE | 2-2.5 HOURS

II. TRAVEL FROM OLYMPIA | 2-3 HOURS

III. HIKING TIME | OPTIONAL

IV. SEASONAL CLOSURES | YES - sunrise closes winters (TBD OCT-MAY)

V. PARKING PASS | NATIONAL PARK PASS

VI. NOTeS |  TIRE CHAINS REQUIRED | NOV.1 - May.1

VII. SEASONS | SNOW MELTS IN JUNE / WILDFLOWERS PEAK IN AUGUST / FALL COLORS SEPT-OCT / SNOW BEGINS AS EARLY AS MID-SEPT BUT MORE LIKELY OCT.

SUNRISE SIDE

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mount rainier

I. TRAVEL TIME FROM SEATTLE | 2 HOURS

II. TRAVEL FROM OLYMPIA | 2 HOURS

III. HIKING TIME | OPTIONAL

IV. SEASONAL CLOSURES | YES - sunrise closes winters

V. PARKING PASS | NATIONAL PARK PASS

VI. NOTeS |  TIRE CHAINS REQUIRED | NOV.1 - May.1

VII. SEASONS | SNOW MELTS IN JUNE / WILDFLOWERS PEAK IN AUGUST / FALL COLORS SEPT-OCT / SNOW BEGINS AS EARLY AS MID-SEPT BUT MORE LIKELY OCT.

TIPSOO LAKE

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mount rainier

Tolmie Peak Lookout Hike | High rock lookout

Grand View Hike

Paradise hiking trails

sunrise hiking trails | Boroughs mountain

click here to check out wta.org for all trails in rainier

HIKING LOCATIONS + WISH LIST

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mount rainier

Alder Lake

I. TRAVEL TIME FROM SEATTLE | 1.5 HOUR

II. TRAVEL FROM OLYMPIA | 1.30 - 1.5 hours

III. HIKING TIME | none

IV. SEASONAL CLOSURES | NO

V. PARKING PASS | none

VI. NOTeS |  very different looks per season - water high from july-sept

VII. SEASONS | normal

Alder Lake

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outside of ashville near rainier's entrance

SNOQUALMIE PASS

I. TRAVEL TIME FROM SEATTLE | 1 HOUR

II. TRAVEL FROM OLYMPIA | 1.30 - 1.45 hours

III. HIKING TIME | 5 minutes - winter 20 mins

IV. SEASONAL CLOSURES | NO

V. PARKING PASS | NATIONAL PARK PASS, snow pass in winter

VI. NOTeS |  winter requires traction / snow shoes

VII. SEASONS | normal

Gold Creek Pond

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snoqualmie pass, wa

I. TRAVEL TIME FROM SEATTLE | 1.5 HOURs

II. TRAVEL FROM OLYMPIA | 2 hours

III. HIKING TIME | 5 minutes - winter 20 mins

IV. SEASONAL CLOSURES | NO

V. PARKING PASS | n/a

VI. NOTeS |  winter requires traction / snow shoes

VII. SEASONS | normal

KACHESS LAKE

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snoqualmie pass, wa

I. TRAVEL TIME FROM SEATTLE | 1 - 1.5 HOURs

II. TRAVEL FROM OLYMPIA | 1.5 - 2 hours

III. HIKING TIME | 5 minutes - winter 20 mins

IV. SEASONAL CLOSURES | YES

V. PARKING PASS | n/a

VI. NOTeS |  winter requires traction / snow shoes

VII. SEASONS | normal

Middle fork

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snoqualmie pass, wa

I. TRAVEL TIME FROM SEATTLE | 45 min

II. TRAVEL FROM OLYMPIA | 1.15 hours

III. HIKING TIME | 5 minutes

IV. SEASONAL CLOSURES | NO but some seasons are more ideal / less muddy

V. PARKING PASS | N/a

VI. NOTeS |  n/a

VII. SEASONS | normal

MOUNT SI + RIVERBEND

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snoqualmie pass, wa

I. TRAVEL TIME FROM SEATTLE | 45min - 1 HOUR

II. TRAVEL FROM OLYMPIA | 1.15 - 1.45 hours

III. HIKING TIME | 5 minutes to lake | 4 miles 1200 elev. rt for ledge

IV. SEASONAL CLOSURES | NO

V. PARKING PASS | N/a

VI. NOTeS |  winter requires traction

VII. SEASONS | normal

Rattlesnake LEDGE OR lake

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north bend, wa

Cle Elum

I. TRAVEL TIME FROM SEATTLE | 2 HOURs

II. TRAVEL FROM OLYMPIA | 2 - 2.5 hours

III. HIKING TIME | n/a

IV. SEASONAL CLOSURES | RARELY

V. PARKING PASS | N/A

VI. NOTeS |  n/a

VII. SEASONS | normal

suncadia

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cle elum

Mount St. Helens

I. TRAVEL TIME FROM SEATTLE | 3 - 3.5 HOURs

II. TRAVEL FROM OLYMPIA | 2 - 2.5 hours

III. HIKING TIME | flexbile

IV. SEASONAL CLOSURES | winter road closures

V. PARKING PASS | national park

VI. NOTeS |  n/a

VII. SEASONS | snow melts in april, wildflowers bloom in may

mount st. helens

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castle rock, wa

North Cascades

I. TRAVEL TIME FROM SEATTLE | 2.5 HOURs

II. TRAVEL FROM OLYMPIA | 3.5 - 4 hours

III. HIKING TIME | flexible

IV. SEASONAL CLOSURES | with weather conditions

V. PARKING PASS | National park

VI. NOTeS |  n/a

VII. SEASONS | normal

Diablo Lake

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north cascades

I. TRAVEL TIME FROM SEATTLE | 2.5 HOURs

II. TRAVEL FROM OLYMPIA | 3.5 - 4 hours

III. HIKING TIME | flexible

IV. SEASONAL CLOSURES | with weather conditions

V. PARKING PASS | National park

VI. NOTeS |  n/a

VII. SEASONS | normal

Newhalem Campground

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north cascades

Mount Baker

I. TRAVEL TIME FROM SEATTLE | 3+ HOURs

II. TRAVEL FROM OLYMPIA | 4+ hours

III. HIKING TIME | Depends on season 10 min - 3 miles

IV. SEASONAL CLOSURES | hike in only unless summer

V. PARKING PASS | National park

VI. NOTeS |  n/a

VII. SEASONS | snow common early oct.

artist point

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mount baker

I. TRAVEL TIME FROM SEATTLE | 3 HOURs

II. TRAVEL FROM OLYMPIA | 4 hours

III. HIKING TIME | 10 min - 30 min

IV. SEASONAL CLOSURES | yes

V. PARKING PASS | National park

VI. NOTeS |  n/a

VII. SEASONS | high elevation early snow

heatheR Meadows

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mount baker

I. TRAVEL TIME FROM SEATTLE | 3 HOURs

II. TRAVEL FROM OLYMPIA | 4 hours

III. HIKING TIME | flexible

IV. SEASONAL CLOSURES | with weather conditions

V. PARKING PASS | National park

VI. NOTeS |  **I really only recommend this location during a snow season - it's extremely limited and crowded otherwise

VII. SEASONS | high elevation early snow

Picture Lake

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mount baker

I. TRAVEL TIME FROM SEATTLE | 3 HOURs

II. TRAVEL FROM OLYMPIA | 4 hours

III. HIKING TIME | flexible

IV. SEASONAL CLOSURES | n/a

V. PARKING PASS | National park

VI. NOTeS |  n/a

VII. SEASONS | lower elevation / normal

HORSESHOE BEND TRAIL

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mount baker

OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK

I. TRAVEL TIME FROM SEATTLE | 2 - 2.5 HOURs

II. TRAVEL FROM OLYMPIA | 1 hour

III. HIKING TIME | n/a

IV. SEASONAL CLOSURES | NO unless road closes for weather

V. PARKING PASS | discover pass / $5 day fee if using park

VI. NOTeS |  n/a

VII. SEASONS | normal

LAKE CUSHMAN

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olympic np

I. TRAVEL TIME FROM SEATTLE | 3 HOURs

II. TRAVEL FROM OLYMPIA | 3 HOURS

III. HIKING TIME | none to lake / 15 min to waterfall / 4 miles rt for snow king mountain

IV. SEASONAL CLOSURES | NO

V. PARKING PASS | n/a

VI. NOTeS |  n/a

VII. SEASONS | normal

CRESCENT LAKE

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olympic np

I. TRAVEL TIME FROM SEATTLE | 3-3.5 HOURs

II. TRAVEL FROM OLYMPIA | 3 hours

III. HIKING TIME | non required unless desired

IV. SEASONAL CLOSURES | road / construction closures only

V. PARKING PASS | NATIONAL PARK PASs

VI. NOTeS |  winter requires traction / snow shoes

VII. SEASONS | SNOW MELTS IN JUNE / WILDFLOWERS PEAK IN AUGUST / FALL COLORS SEPT-OCT / SNOW BEGINS AS EARLY AS MID-SEPT BUT MORE LIKELY OCT.

Hurricane ridge

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olympic np

WASHINGTON COAST

I. TRAVEL TIME FROM SEATTLE | 3.5 - 4 HOURs

II. TRAVEL FROM OLYMPIA | 2.5 hours

III. HIKING TIME | 5 minutes

IV. SEASONAL CLOSURES | NO

V. PARKING PASS | NATIONAL PARK PASS

VI. NOTeS |  n/a

VII. SEASONS | normal

Ruby Beach

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olympic np

I. TRAVEL TIME FROM SEATTLE | 3.5 - 4 HOURs

II. TRAVEL FROM OLYMPIA | 3.5 hours

III. HIKING TIME | 5 minutes - 2 miles depending

IV. SEASONAL CLOSURES | NO

V. PARKING PASS | NATIONAL PARK PASs

VI. NOTeS |  n/a - hike only required to "hole in wall"

VII. SEASONS | normal

RIAlto Beach

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forks / olympic np

OREGON COAST

I. TRAVEL TIME FROM SEATTLE | 4 - 6 HOURs

II. TRAVEL FROM OLYMPIA | 3 - 5 hours

III. HIKING TIME | 5 minutes

IV. SEASONAL CLOSURES | NO

V. PARKING PASS | TBD

VI. NOTeS | please contact for specific beach info

VII. SEASONS | normal

the orgeon coast

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The DESERT

I. TRAVEL TIME FROM SEATTLE | 2 - 2.5 HOURs

II. TRAVEL FROM OLYMPIA | 2.5 - 3 hours

III. HIKING TIME | none - 20 mins

IV. SEASONAL CLOSURES | NO

V. PARKING PASS | discover pass / day fee $5

VI. NOTeS | n/a

VII. SEASONS | desert

Vantage

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olympic np

I. TRAVEL TIME FROM SEATTLE | 5.5 - 6.5 HOURs

II. TRAVEL FROM OLYMPIA | 4.5 - 5.5 hours

III. HIKING TIME | n/a-15 min

IV. SEASONAL CLOSURES | NO

V. PARKING PASS | NATIONAL PARK PASS

VI. NOTeS |  n/a

VII. SEASONS | desert

Smith rock state park

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bemd, oregon

SEATTLE LOCATIONS

discover park

golden gardens park

pike's place market

volunteer park conservatory

around seattle

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seattle, wa

LOCAL LOCATIONS: OLY - Tacoma

I. Located in olympia, wa

II. PARKING PASS | N/A

Burfoot Park

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olympia

I. Located in olympia, wa

II. PARKING PASS | metered parking

downtown olympia + State Capital

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olympia

I. Located in tacoma, wa

II. PARKING PASS | n/a

double 4 tree farm

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tacoma

I. Located in olmpyia, wa

II. PARKING PASS | Discover pass

mima mounds

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olympia

I. Located in Tacoma, wa

II. PARKING PASS | N/A

POINT DEFIANCE PARK

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tacoma

I. Located in olympia, wa

II. PARKING PASS | N/A

Priest point park

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olympia

I. Located in Lakewood, wa

II. PARKING PASS | N/A

studio

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lakewood

I. Located in olmypia, wa

II. PARKING PASS | N/A

tolmia state park

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olympia

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