Fifes Ridge

Cliffdell, Washington

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The tightly clumped spires of Fifes Ridge present a formidable sight from any vantage point, but as you hike closer to them, the rocky ridge appears ever more menacing and imposing. Perhaps that’s partly because the trail you have to hike to get close to the precipitous ridge can be menacing and imposing in its own right. You’ll climb steeply and steadily, earning the views with every step forward. Fortunately, the views are worth it, and not just the views at the end of the route. As you climb, you’ll enjoy great local scenery as the trail climbs a rugged little alpine creek valley and occasionally darts out to great viewpoints midway up the mountain. The long, broad basin of the American River and the long, sweeping line of American Ridge stretch out before you every time you gain a vantage point, while Fifes Peak and its ragged, jagged ridgeline tower above you.
Best Hikes with Dogs: Western Washington

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Best Hikes with Dogs: Western Washington

by Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)

The tightly clumped spires of Fifes Ridge present a formidable sight from any vantage point, but as you hike closer to them, the rocky ridge appears ever more menacing and imposing. Perhaps that’s partly because the trail you have to hike to get close to the precipitous ridge can be menacing and imposing in its own right.

You’ll climb steeply and steadily, earning the views with every step forward. Fortunately, the views are worth it, and not just the views at the end of the route. As you climb, you’ll enjoy great local scenery as the trail climbs a rugged little alpine creek valley and occasionally darts out to great viewpoints midway up the mountain. The long, broad basin of the American River and the long, sweeping line of American Ridge stretch out before you every time you gain a vantage point, while Fifes Peak and its ragged, jagged ridgeline tower above you.

© 2010 Dan A. Nelson/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Cliffdell
Distance: 8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 7 hours
Season: July through October
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Mount Rainier National Park
Local Maps: Green Trails Bumping Lake No. 271
Driving Directions: Directions to Fifes Ridge

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