Northwest hikers know August is a spectacular time to amble alpine trails.
Wildflowers hit their peak in many meadows. Bright sun heats the sky, and August marks the last blast of summer for students who return to school after Labor Day.
The Perseids meteor shower peaks Aug. 11-12, lighting the midnight heavens with brilliant streaks.
About the only downside to hiking in August is those biting bugs.
Mt. Rainier exudes grandeur in August, and three popular hikes offer great variety: Summerland, with its wildflower meadows; Palisades Lakes and its lush forest; and the spectacular Skyline Trail, where the massive mountain fills the horizon. Read more in this Everett Herald feature.