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Eagle Peak

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Trail

6.7 mile 10.8 kilometer out and back
Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 2,880' 878 m
Descent: -2,880' -878 m
High: 5,689' 1,734 m
Low: 2,818' 859 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 16% (9°)
Max Grade: 42% (23°)

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Trail shared by Tom Robson

Earn some of the best panoramic views Rainier has to offer on this difficult hike.

Tom Robson

Features Birding · Views · Wildlife

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

Overview

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.

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.

Description

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.

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Jun 28, 2019
Cathy M.
2772' gain 7.2mi — 5h 11m
Jun 28, 2019
Nathan Mueller
7.1mi — 4h 11m
Dec 25, 2018
Joe Impecoven
lost the trail near the end. couldn't make it to the peak due to the snow. played it safe and turned back. Used Snow shoes the last 1.5 mile up.
Aug 22, 2018
Michele Gregg-Day
Aug 20, 2018
Michele Gregg-Day
Jul 8, 2018
Gabriel McHugh
Very little snow on the trail, good conditions. 6.7mi
Jun 30, 2018
Ted Chen
Jun 15, 2018
Jason Zerbe
trailhead is a little hidden on the East side of the road. defs bring a GPS to navigate when trail is under a few feet of snow.

Trail Ratings

  4.3 from 8 votes

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in Longmire

#2241

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in Washington

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Photos

Fresh snow made for great views but extremely slow travel
May 14, 2019 near Eatonville, WA
The base of Eagle Peak.
Mar 4, 2015 near Eatonville, WA
About halfway down Eagle Peak on Black Friday. This is a line worth standing in!
Dec 16, 2015 near Eatonville, WA
Almost at the top of Eagle's Peak on Black Friday 2015. Mt. Adams, Mt. St Helens, and Mt. Hood (on a clear day) are visible from this vantage (St Helens is the only one visible in the picture).
Dec 16, 2015 near Eatonville, WA

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