“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.”
The privilege to see "one of the most spectacular locations in the Cascade Range" has to be earned. First, you will need to win the Enchantments overnight permit lottery, and then it will 'cost you' a climb of 2,200 feet (670 m) in 0.8 miles (1.3 km) should you choose to start from the south end of Colchuck Lake and go up Aasgard Pass. And that is just the beginning of your journey into this natural wonder.
"Few places in this world are more dangerous than home. Fear not, therefore, to try the mountain passes. They will kill care, save you from deadly apathy, set you free, and call forth every faculty into vigorous, enthusiastic action."
August is a great month to visit the two treasures of Mt Rainier - Summerland and Panhandle Gap. Most of the snow covering the steep slopes near the top of the gap is gone, which makes for an easier access to its expansive views of the Goat Rocks, Mt Adams, and on clear days Oregon's Mt Hood.