High Rock

Randle, Washington

0 out of 5 stars0 out of 5 stars0 out of 5 stars0 out of 5 stars0 out of 5 stars
0 Reviews
0 out of 5
Teetering on a precipitous pinnacle, High Rock is one of Washington’s most stunning lookouts. It’s one of the few remaining in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, though it’s no longer staffed; much-needed restoration began on it in 2015. The hike to it is short but steep. And if the climb doesn’t take your breath away, the in-your-face view of Mount Rainier’s snowy face will. High Rock is the loftiest and most prominent point along the serrated Sawtooth Ridge rising above the Nisqually River valley just south of Mount Rainier. Folks used to have to hike more than 10 miles to reach High Rock, but over the years the Forest Service punched roads closer and closer to this peak for timber extraction. The days of the big cut are over now, and surprisingly Sawtooth Ridge still retains stands of old-growth forest. But it’s High Rock’s far-reaching and unsurpassed views that you’ll find most intriguing on this hike.
100 Classic Hikes Washington

DESCRIPTION FROM:

100 Classic Hikes Washington

by Craig Romano (The Mountaineers Books)

Teetering on a precipitous pinnacle, High Rock is one of Washington’s most stunning lookouts. It’s one of the few remaining in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, though it’s no longer staffed; much-needed restoration began on it in 2015. The hike to it is short but steep. And if the climb doesn’t take your breath away, the in-your-face view of Mount Rainier’s snowy face will.

High Rock is the loftiest and most prominent point along the serrated Sawtooth Ridge rising above the Nisqually River valley just south of Mount Rainier. Folks used to have to hike more than 10 miles to reach High Rock, but over the years the Forest Service punched roads closer and closer to this peak for timber extraction. The days of the big cut are over now, and surprisingly Sawtooth Ridge still retains stands of old-growth forest. But it’s High Rock’s far-reaching and unsurpassed views that you’ll find most intriguing on this hike.

© 2016 Craig Romano/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Randle
Distance: 3.2
Elevation Gain: 1,350 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Season: Best July through October
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Gifford Pinchot NF, Cowlitz Valley Ranger Station, Randle
Local Maps: Green Trails, Randle WA No. 301
Driving Directions: Directions to High Rock

Recent Trail Reviews

There are no reviews for this trail.

Trail Photos

Keep Me Informed

Weekly newsletters, announcements and offers from Trails.com to your inbox.

Sign me up!

We HATE spam and promise to keep your email addresses safe and secure.

Nearby Trails

Activity Feed

Apr 2018