It is National Park week which means free entrance to all national parks. Mt. Rainier national park which is a quick 3 hr. Drive from Tri-Cities has some of the most picturesque views you'll ever see and well worthy of a visit or many visits for that matter.

Photo Stacy Lee

I found a list of ten Spring hikes for all skill levels that you can do this week through April 24th for Free. If you plan to try one the these hikes park rangers warn that spring is "bi-polar. Summer one minute, winter the next. Trails may be snow-free but are often muddy. Wear boots and gaiters and dress accordingly. Get an up-to-date weather forecast, check with the park before you go to make sure the trail you want to explore is open."

Be prepared for the unexpected any time of the year and enjoy our bountiful park.