A classic hike for the ages. 7 nights circumnavigating Mt Rainier through incomparable natural beauty. Even with a crowded trail and packed campsites, this easily ranks in my top 5 and I'm confident it will remain so forever.
Rather than trying to describe it in great detail, I'll simply note the campsites used each night for future reference. The permit system basically dictates what sites you stay at each night, which in turn dictates your daily mileage. I had little choice in the matter since I came at one the busiest months of one of the busiest (so far) years in the park. In fact I barely secured a reservation and had to waste 2 days in the area until my time came.
Mowich Lake to South Mowich River
One of 4 primary trailheads - crowded
North Puyallup River
Close to river - nothing special
Arrived after dark - no views
Food cache pickup at Longmire
Cosy - no views other than creek
One of the best - stayed in the group camp brick cabin
White River Campground
Food cache pickup
Crowded and full of car campers - lame