prologue The plan was to start from the south and get as far as we could across a long Labor Day weekend. In order to start at the beginning, we first have to get there. Entering Mt. Rainier National Park Climbing to Chinook Pass as Mt. Rainier rises on the left Windy Ridge: one of my favorite rides in Washington Mt. St. Helens from the Windy Ridge viewpoint - use the parking lot on the lower left to get a sense of scale.