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.”— D14411 F
From the west, it looks intimidating, the western buttress is too steep to hike. 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.
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Land Manager: National Park Service - Mount Rainier National Park