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Pinnacle Peak

Intermediate/Difficult
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Trail

3.3 mile 5.3 kilometer loop
60% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 1,568' 478 m
Descent: -1,567' -478 m
High: 6,488' 1,978 m
Low: 4,921' 1,500 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 18% (10°)
Max Grade: 73% (36°)

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Trail shared by Tom Robson

Leave the beauty of Reflection Lakes and Stevens Canyon for a higher Rainier vantage point.

Tom Robson

Features Birding · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

Treat water before drinking. Fires are prohibited. No pets on trails.

Overview

Pinnacle Peak is situated in the middle of the Tatoosh Range and at an elevation of 6,562 feet it's the second highest peak in the range. On a clear day, the spectacular view from the saddle makes this route well worth the effort. To the north is a dramatic close up view of Mount Rainier and Paradise. To the south, views of Mount Adams and Mount St. Helens in the foreground and Oregon's Mount Hood on the horizon.

Need to Know

There is no designated camp along this trail, nor atop the Tatoosh Range. Permits are required for camping. Permits and current trail conditions are available at park-wide from wilderness information centers, ranger stations, and visitor centers.

Runner Notes

Too steep and loose to be considered a running route for most people, but Pinnacle Peak does provide some a great training opportunity.

Description

Drive east either from Longmire or Paradise on the Stevens Canyon Road to the parking area at Reflection Lakes. The trailhead is on the south side of the road.

The trail begins with a gradual ascent but soon becomes a steep climb to the 5,920-foot saddle where the trail ends. Hiking boots are recommended since this trail has either a snow or loose rock surface all summer.

Flora & Fauna

This is an excellent trail on which to see pikas and marmots.

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  4.8 from 13 votes

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in Paradise

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in Paradise

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in Washington

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Photos

June evening at Pinnacle Saddle in Mt Rainier National Park
Apr 19, 2016 near Eatonville, WA
The view of Rainier from Relfection Lakes.
Dec 8, 2015 near Eatonville, WA
Classic Reflection Lakes view.
Jun 27, 2016 near Eatonville, WA
A perfect reflection.
Feb 26, 2015 near Eatonville, WA
Looking back to Plummer Peak
Mar 5, 2015 near Eatonville, WA
Reflection Lakes #2
Feb 26, 2015 near Eatonville, WA

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