I spent 2 days this past week (Aug. 8-9, 2013) hiking Mt. Rainier from both the Sunrise and Paradise Visitor Centers. We had a loooong, hot dry spell in the Pacific NW (that just broke today with rain, still warm temps though) so the lower half of Mt. Rainier is snow free now. All trails out of Sunrise are dry (see pix below) as are the trails out of Glacier Basin. See below – dry all the way up to Inter Glacier until the last short pitch to Steamboat Prow (with snow that’s not worth getting after). Trails out of Paradise are also dry with just 3-4 short patches of snow (i.e. not skinnable) until reaching the Muir Snowfield above Pebble Creek. Sun cups were sizable on the snowfield but were soft by early afternoon given the hot sun (temps in the low-mid 70s). Didn’t see any skiers/boarders on this trip.