Pinnacle Peak Saddle Trail

Ashford, Washington

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This short climb up to the saddle between Pinnacle and Plummer Peaks offers great views of Mount Rainier along the trail and from the saddle. This hike is uphill all the way to the turnaround point. Wildflowers, such as lupine and magenta paintbrush, often grow along the trail in July and August. Pikas inhabit the rockfields along the trail, squeaking at passersby. The saddle offers an excellent view of Mount Rainier. Hope for a clear day.
Hiking Mount Rainier National Park

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Hiking Mount Rainier National Park

by Heidi Schneider & Mary Skjelset (Falcon Guides)

This short climb up to the saddle between Pinnacle and Plummer Peaks offers great views of Mount Rainier along the trail and from the saddle. This hike is uphill all the way to the turnaround point.

Wildflowers, such as lupine and magenta paintbrush, often grow along the trail in July and August. Pikas inhabit the rockfields along the trail, squeaking at passersby. The saddle offers an excellent view of Mount Rainier. Hope for a clear day.

©  Heidi Schneider & Mary Skjelset/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Ashford
Distance: 2.6
Elevation Gain: 970 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 to 1.5 hours
Season: Late July to September
Trailhead Elevation: 4,900 feet
Top Elevation: 5,800 feet
Local Contacts: Paradise Ranger Station, Jackson Visitor Center—Paradise
Local Maps: USGS Mount Rainier East; Trails Illustrated Mount Rainier National Park; Astronaut's Vista: Mount Rainier National Park; Earthwalk Press Hiking Map and Guide
Driving Directions: Directions to Pinnacle Peak Saddle Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

9/14/2009
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This was an absolutely wonderful short hike. Unlike some trails that don't reward you until you get to the top, this offers nice views of the mountain most of the way up. It begins roughly 500 or more ft. below Paradise and ends up 1000 or more above it. We had a rare "after school starts, 80 degree, September" weekend offering up great views of climbers coming down from the summit of Mt. Ranier and Camp Muir. Make sure you bring plenty of water for this one as it's definitely an uphill venture. Put some weight on your back if you're in training and bring your binoculars !!! Thanks Chris n Vicki


5/7/2004
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