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Pinnacle Peak

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

3.3 mile 5.3 kilometer loop
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 1,568' 478 m
Descent: -1,567' -478 m
High: 6,488' 1,978 m
Low: 4,921' 1,500 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 18% (10°)
Max Grade: 73% (36°)

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Trail shared by Tom Robson

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

Tom Robson

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.

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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
Aug 8, 2019
Connor White
This trail yielded a jaw-dropping view of Rainer, Hood, and Adams! You don't understand the true beauty of this range until you get along this ridge! 3.3mi
Jul 22, 2019
Carlos Figueroa
3.4mi — 1h 20m
Jul 18, 2019
Chad DuBois
Oct 19, 2018
Shannon Lee
29/52 #52HikeChallenge

Trail Ratings

  4.8 from 14 votes

#3

in Paradise

#507

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  4.8 from 14 votes
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#3

in Paradise

#41

in Washington

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Photos

Close to the saddle, looking back toward Rainier. The mountain was hidden by clouds on this day.
Oct 14, 2019 near Greenwater, WA
The view of Rainier from Relfection Lakes.
Dec 8, 2015 near Eatonville, WA
Classic Reflection Lakes view.
Jun 27, 2016 near Eatonville, WA
A perfect reflection.
Feb 26, 2015 near Eatonville, WA
Nearing the saddle.
Oct 14, 2019 near Greenwater, WA
Looking back to Plummer Peak
Mar 5, 2015 near Eatonville, WA

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