“Earn some of the best panoramic views Rainier has to offer on this difficult hike.”
— Tom Robson
Fires are prohibited. No pets on trails. Treat water before drinking.
This route switchbacks above the Longmire area of the park and provides little to no respite with regards to slope. Eagle Peak is a false summit to Wahpenayo Peak (6,192').
This trail sees little use and its access can be hindered by flooding from the Nisqually River.
Features: Birding — Views — Wildlife
Dogs: No Dogs
Need to Know
There is no designated camp along this trail nor atop the Tatoosh Range. Current trail conditions are available park-wide from wilderness information centers, ranger stations, and visitor centers.
From the National Park Inn, drive past the building with the flagpole, through the employee housing area and across a suspension bridge. The trailhead is located 300 feet past the suspension bridge.
For the first two miles, the trail ascends steeply through dense forest to a small stream, then continues another mile to a meadow. Beyond the meadow, the trail is much steeper and rocky as it climbs the final 0.5 mile to the 5700 ft. saddle where the trail ends. Use extreme caution when you reach the saddle. This area is exposed and a fall could be deadly.
Flora & Fauna
Most of the trail lies in old growth forest. Lush subalpine flower fields surround the last .5 mile of the trail. Panoramic views await hikers who reach Eagle Peak's Saddle.
History & Background
This peak was originally known as Sim-layshe, a Native American word for eagle. When the Longmire family settled nearby, George Longmire anglicized the name to Eagle Peak.