Pinnacle Peak Saddle

Packwood, Washington

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A short climb up to the saddle between Pinnacle and Plummer Peaks offers great views of Mount Rainier along the trail and from the saddle. There are no tricky turns or trail junctions on this hike. Simply start from the trailhead, directly across from the west end of Reflection Lakes, and hike all the way to the saddle. The first half of the trail is in the forest and climbs gradually, but once you hit the first scree field, the trail becomes steep and rocky. Snow lingers on these rock fields late into summer—sturdy hiking boots are the footwear of choice here.
Best Easy Day Hikes: Mount Rainier National Park

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Mount Rainier National Park

by Heidi Schneider (Falcon Guides)

A short climb up to the saddle between Pinnacle and Plummer Peaks offers great views of Mount Rainier along the trail and from the saddle.

There are no tricky turns or trail junctions on this hike. Simply start from the trailhead, directly across from the west end of Reflection Lakes, and hike all the way to the saddle. The first half of the trail is in the forest and climbs gradually, but once you hit the first scree field, the trail becomes steep and rocky. Snow lingers on these rock fields late into summer—sturdy hiking boots are the footwear of choice here.

© 2012 Heidi Schneider/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Packwood
Distance: 2.6
Elevation Gain: 970 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: About 1.5 to 2 hours
Season: Late July through Sept
Features: Views
Local Contacts: Henry M. Jackson Memorial Visitor Center at Paradise, (360) 569-6571
Local Maps: USGS Mount Rainier East; Trails Illustrated Mount Rainier National Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Pinnacle Peak Saddle

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