Juniper Peak Summit

Morton, Washington

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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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Hiking Washington's Goat Rocks Country

by Fred Barstad (Falcon Guides)

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.

© 2005 Fred Barstad/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Morton
Distance: 7
Elevation Gain: 2,011 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Day hike
Season: July through September
Trailhead Elevation: 3,600 feet
Top Elevation: 5,611 feet
Local Maps: USGS Tower Rock, McCoy Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Juniper Peak Summit

Recent Trail Reviews

7/18/2005
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Juniper Ridge #261 - The South Cascades Took off with a group of 7 hikers to Juniper Peak. We got a late start and got to the trailhead south of Tongue Mt. at about 2:30 pm. It was hot and sunny. The trail climbs steadily, but not too steeply. As you approach the ridgeline, the wildflowers are plentiful and the vista opens up to display the Mt. Rainier in all its glory. As we hiked along the ridgeline, the wildflowers became even more abundant and Mt. Adams came into view. Once we rounded Juniper Peak, Mt. St. Helens with a thin stream of steam rising came into view. we scrambled the remaining distance to the summit and took in the BREATHTAKING 360 degree view of the South Cascades, including Rainier, Adams, St. Helens, and a narrow snow-capped peak to the south. There was not a trace of cloud in the sky! The hike down was pleasant and we drove to the nearest stream to cool off. There was no natural water along the entire hike. The downside of this trail is that it is open to motorbikes. As a result, the trail is rutted, sometimes deeply, presenting some hazards for the ankles. During the entire hike, only one group of 2 motorbikes passed us. We scurried off the trail and they quickly passed. The rut is annoying, the noise and fumes and a nuisance and really detract from this incredible trail, but I'm glad I decided to grit my teeth and hike this trail. The views along the way were amazing and the view from the summit was breathtaking. At the register at the trailhead I complained about the motorbikes, but even with them, I highly recommend this trail.



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