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Trail

7.9 mile 12.8 kilometer out and back
57% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 3,258' 993 m
Descent: -3,258' -993 m
High: 5,742' 1,750 m
Low: 2,484' 757 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 16% (9°)
Max Grade: 38% (21°)

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Trail shared by Tom Robson

Gain one of the best Mount Rainier views on this very sun-exposed trail.

Tom Robson

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

Overview

Shriner Peak hosts one of the best Mt. Rainier views in the park - especially because it's situated in a less-frequented area. Although the solitude is nice, it does come at a price. This trail is incredibly steep and, due to a large wildfire, is almost entirely shadeless. Hopefully there's a breeze blowing!

Need to Know

Permits are required for camping. Permits and current trail conditions are available park-wide from wilderness information centers, ranger stations, and visitor centers. Fires are prohibited. No pets on trails. Treat water before drinking.

Runner Notes

Be aware that this trail is steep and shadeless! Carry water and start your run early in the day to avoid the hottest afternoon hours.

Description

From State Route 123, head east up this very steep trail through the forest. Although this trail begins in the forest, it soon climbs into an old burn area that is open and shadeless. For 2.5 miles the trail continues its steep ascent to the top of the ridge. Still no shade, but a slight breeze sometimes makes the run more bearable from here on. After a .5 mile walk along the ridge top, the route becomes a series of steep switchbacks for the final climb to the lookout.

Once on top of the ridge, runners enjoy commanding views of Mount Rainier, the Ohanapecosh Valley and the Cascades. For runners seeking solitude, this is a good trail choice - probably because it can be extremely hot on a sunny summer afternoon.

The camp at Shriner Peak is located near the lookout and offers an incomparable view of Mount Rainier at sunrise. Well worth the effort of waking early! A spring located about one mile back down the trail is the only source of water for this camp.

Flora & Fauna

Large-scale disturbances (fire, cyclonic winds, insects, avalanches, lahars) can remove established forest over hundreds of square miles, creating opportunities for other plant communities to thrive. The size and frequency of these disturbances varies greatly among ecosystems. Fire, although relatively infrequent in the park, is a large-scale disturbance reshaping the park's plant communities.

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in Ohanapecosh

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in Washington

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