Hike Pinnacle Peak, Mt. Rainier NP
Washington › Pinnacle Peak Trailhead, Mt. Rainier NP
Added by Sean Van Dommelen
This is a great short hike at 1.3 miles and plenty of elevation gain with 360' views of 3 volcanoes at the top.
This trailhead is easily accessed at the parking lot at Reflection Lakes in Mount Rainier National Park. A short but sweet hike (1.3 miles one way) that leads to beautiful views of Rainier, Mount Adams, Mount St. Helens, and if clear enough, Mt. Hood (Oregon).
Pinnacle itself can be climbed to summit but it's an off-trail (class 3-4) scramble up crumbling rock, but well worth it. Just be mindful of your holds and maintain three points of contact at all times.
- Ten Essentials
- Mt. Rainier NP Map
- If going in winter or when there's snow, crampons or traction devices and poles/ice axe
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The best bang for your buck
If you're looking for classic Mount Rainier views but don't have a lot of time (or even if you do have a lot of time), this hike should definitely be on your list! After the first quarter mile, you begin to move above the trees and get the most breathtaking views of the mountain. The ascent is a steady climb, but it only gets better as you make your way up to the pass; giving you lots of good reasons to stop and take a few pictures/catch your breath.
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