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Pinnacle Peak

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.8 (15) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

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


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Map Key

3.3

Miles

5.3

KM

Out and Back

6,488' 1,978 m

High

4,921' 1,500 m

Low

1,568' 478 m

Up

1,567' 478 m

Down

18%

Avg Grade (10°)

73%

Max Grade (36°)

Dogs No Dogs

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.

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.

Contacts

Shared By:

Tom Robson

Trail Ratings

  4.8 from 15 votes

#3

in Paradise

#535

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  4.8 from 15 votes
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#3

in Paradise

#45

in Washington

#535

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Photos

The view of Rainier from Relfection Lakes.
Dec 8, 2015 near Eatonville, WA
Close to the saddle, looking back toward Rainier. The mountain was hidden by clouds on this day.
Oct 14, 2019 near Greenwater, WA
Classic Reflection Lakes view.
Jun 27, 2016 near Eatonville, WA
A perfect reflection.
Feb 26, 2015 near Eatonville, WA
Looking down the trail, just below the saddle.
Aug 21, 2020 near Greenwater, WA
Nearing the saddle.
Oct 14, 2019 near Greenwater, WA

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Aug 11, 2020
si brown
Aug 10, 2020
Cynthia Fox
Bouldered to the too. Fun!
Aug 3, 2020
Chad DuBois
Jul 25, 2020
Sungyeal Kim
1.3mi
Sep 23, 2019
Kris Webster
Sep 21, 2019
Jay Rosencrantz
Aug 19, 2019
Emily Joy
Hiked to Pinnacle Saddle 3mi
Aug 12, 2019
Paul Billings
Hiked with family