Hike to Tolmie Peak's Fire Lookout
Washington › Tolmie Peak Trail
Added by Mitch Pittman
Wide open views of Mount RainierHang out at a fire lookoutHike by two alpine lakesEasy day trip
Mount Rainier is spectacular to look at, but sometimes the best views aren't from on its slopes, but just a little ways away. Tucked in the seldom-visited northwest corner of Mount Rainier National Park, the Tolmie Peak fire lookout frames the mountain's rugged slopes with a pristine alpine lake and rocky peaks.
Start from the west side of deep-blue Mowich Lake, the largest in the park, and hike 1.5 miles to Ipsut Pass. Poke your head around for a view of the valley, but head left at the trail junction toward Eunice Lake.
You'll lose some elevation before heading up some easy switchbacks, and before you know it you're at the shore of Eunice Lake. If you look up, straight up, you'll see your final destination!
If it's warm enough, this is a great place to take a dip. Or, if it's huckleberry season, grab some handfuls to munch on as you tackle the last bit of the hike. It's short, but steep, so rip the Band-Aid off and get those views!
The lookout isn't open to the public, but still climb up and take a look inside. If you need it, there's a wilderness toilet a little ways down the north side of Tolmie Peak below the lookout.
If you're feeling adventurous, scramble out the narrow ridge to Tolmie's true summit. Be on the lookout for mountain goats, marmots, and pikas in the valleys below.
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Although it's not as wild and wilderness as I had hoped it was still an incredible hike. It's a clear and well maintained trail that offers up some amazing views. I would get a start early because parking fills up quick and although there isn't a crowd going up it does get crowded once you get to the look out. So very worth the trip and you meet the nicest people along the way.
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