Norse Peak Wilderness

Enumclaw, Washington

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The Norse Peak Wilderness loop has some great views of Mount Rainier, Noble Knob, and two alpine lakes, including serene, green-colored Echo Lake, one of the prettiest lakes in the wilderness. Elk frequent the trail, especially in early fall. Hearing an elk bugling during the rutting season is an unforgettable experience. Portions of this trail are used for the White River 50 Mile Trail Run held yearly in late July. The race starts at Camp Sheppard and runs out to Corral Pass in the first half of the course. The route described here begins at Corral Pass, a popular staging area for backcountry horse expeditions. There are numerous hitching rails between the trailhead and a nearby camping area. Mutton Mountain, which looms just beyond Corral Pass, was named for the large number of sheep that ranged here at one time.
50 Trail Runs in Washington

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50 Trail Runs in Washington

by Cheri Pompeo Gillis (The Mountaineers Books)

The Norse Peak Wilderness loop has some great views of Mount Rainier, Noble Knob, and two alpine lakes, including serene, green-colored Echo Lake, one of the prettiest lakes in the wilderness. Elk frequent the trail, especially in early fall. Hearing an elk bugling during the rutting season is an unforgettable experience. Portions of this trail are used for the White River 50 Mile Trail Run held yearly in late July.

The race starts at Camp Sheppard and runs out to Corral Pass in the first half of the course. The route described here begins at Corral Pass, a popular staging area for backcountry horse expeditions. There are numerous hitching rails between the trailhead and a nearby camping area. Mutton Mountain, which looms just beyond Corral Pass, was named for the large number of sheep that ranged here at one time.

©  Cheri Pompeo Gillis/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Trail Running
Nearby City: Enumclaw
Distance: 17
Elevation Gain: 3,420 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 6.5 hours
Season: July through October
Local Contacts: Mount Baker - Snoqualmie National Forest
Local Maps: Green Trails #238 and #239
Driving Directions: Directions to Norse Peak Wilderness

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