Hike to the open, windswept 5,611-foot summit of Juniper Peak and take in the 360-degree view of the Cascade Range, including Mounts Adams, Hood, St. Helens, and Rainier. On the summit a 360-degree panorama of the southern Washington Cascades comes into your view. Be sure to allow the time to enjoy it. Cell-phone service is generally available from the summit.
The trail climbs south from the trailhead through medium-age forest with little undergrowth. In 1 mile you will make a switchback to the left, at 4,210 feet elevation.There is more underbrush here, much of it huckleberries, and hellebore thrives in the wet spots.The tread makes a couple more climbing switchbacks a quarter mile farther along.You will cross a steep open slope 1.9 miles from the trailhead, at 4,750 feet elevation. Looking to the southeast from the open slope, the bulky, humped form of Mount Adams holds its icy crest far above the sea of green timber, and the summit of Juniper Peak comes into view ahead to the south. Lupine, paintbrush, and leopard lilies splash color on the open slope.
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