As you’re headed east from Paradise, you’ve got a lot of downhill driving to do. Along the way, you’ll be passing through a beautiful canyon, on a shelf road that runs along one side of Stevens Canyon.
Even though it’s a “shelf”, most of the route is tree-lined. The fantastic views are limited to the upper end of the canyon, just after you pass the trailhead for Bench and Snow Lakes. The road makes a couple of dramatic turns, passes some waterfalls and slips through a tunnel. You can get a good view from a few turnouts in this area, but for some reason, during both my visits to Mount Rainier, I never stopped to take a picture of Stevens Canyon. I guess I was always on my way to somewhere else — attractions like Box Canyon and Grove of the Patriarchs are found along Stevens Canyon Road.
While I can’t show you any still photos, you can see the entire drive from Paradise, through Stevens Canyon to the park exit, in this Drivelapse video.