Hoping to snag a backcountry permit in Mount Rainier National Park in Washington state this year? It could be challenging. Park officials say the park will process wilderness camping and climbing permits on a first-come, first-served basis only in 2016, including permits for hiking the Wonderland Trail.
Mount Rainier is showing the effects of warm weather and last winter's low snowpack. Though definitely still statuesque, it could use a bountiful winter to restore its white lustre.