Quick overnighter south of Raininer in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Scenic ridge hiking with plenty of views of all the volcanic peaks - Adams, St Helens, Rainier, & even Hood. Overnight at idyllic Deadman's Lake.
Trail starts with pleasant hike underneath Leona Falls. After a river ford, the trails ascends for a long time to Tumwater Mountain. From there it's a leisurely ridge trail hike with sweeping eastern views to Deadman's Lake.
In the morning, took a side trip up to a ridge over Green River Valley with epic views of the Mt Margaret Wilderness' northern peaks. Great views of Rainier to the North on the way up, and a clear view of St Helens, Mt Adams, & Mt Hood from the ridge.