Fay Peak Scramble
ElevationAscent: 1,496' 456 m
Descent: -1,496' -456 m
High: 6,429' 1,960 m
Low: 4,940' 1,506 m
GradeAvg Grade: 19% (11°)
Max Grade: 105% (46°)
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“Really fun off-trail scramble up Fay Peak—gives great views of Mt. Rainier.”— Nate D
Features Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife
Need to Know
From the west, it looks intimidating, the western buttress is too steep to run. However angle to the southwest ridge and ascend from there. The map shows a spring route when snow covers the huge meadow. The actual climbers trail starts at the switchback just west of the mapped junction, and climbs 100-200 yards west of the mapped track. Thee climber's trail is properly plotted up on the ridge.
Scramble northeast along the ridge. There are many easy, Class 2 moves, with perhaps 50 feet of Class 3 scrambling to gain the summit.
Enjoy the amazing views, and then either, A) continue off trail east and link up with the Echo Rock/Obervation Rock scramble route for a tough but rewarding day, or, B) descend down the easier scree slopes to the northeast, and return to your original approach trail.
Land Manager: National Park Service - Mount Rainier National Park