One day the current Summit house may be a beautiful hotel overlooking Mount Rainier where you can wake up to the sunrising over the Cascades. But until then, just one patroller a night gets the amazing view from Mountain Top with their morning coffee. Every night of the season (yes I was up there on Christmas) a patroller stays in the Jack’s apartment to do weather observations, deem if control work is needed, help start lifts, prevent pipes from freezing, and have general eyes on the mountain. The apartment is under the Summit House restaurant and named for Jack Lewis who is quite the Crystal Mountain legend and lived at Mountain Top for many years. I wish I had known Jack better but if you were one of the fortunate who did, please write in your memories and stories of him to share with others.
Dog’s early morning view from Jack’s- she is scouting a line over on Dog Leg.
View one morning from my pillow- aren’t I lucky?