Skyscraper Mountain Trail

Greenwater, Washington

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Never has sitting atop a Skyscraper been so enjoyable. Though no official trail leads to the mountaintop, this rounded peak is easily scaled by just about anyone. Indeed, summit seekers have beaten a boot track up the flank of the peak that rivals most established trails in the park. And from the summit, you’ll enjoy views that stretch from the ever-present Rainier to the south, to Mount Baker to the north. Just don’t expect complete solitude. Even if no other human hikers scale the Skyscraper, you’ll find the local residents are typical nosy neighbors who have to check out any visitor. A small colony of marmots resides atop this peak, and I’ve yet to visit the top without having one of the big yellowbellied beasts popping out to check on my lunch. Enjoy visiting with the big beggars, but don’t share your food: the marmots don’t need your granola, and feeding them just encourages unneighborly behaviors on their part.
Day Hiking: Mount Rainier National Park

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Day Hiking: Mount Rainier National Park

by Dan A. Nelson & Alan L. Bauer (The Mountaineers Books)

Never has sitting atop a Skyscraper been so enjoyable. Though no official trail leads to the mountaintop, this rounded peak is easily scaled by just about anyone. Indeed, summit seekers have beaten a boot track up the flank of the peak that rivals most established trails in the park. And from the summit, you’ll enjoy views that stretch from the ever-present Rainier to the south, to Mount Baker to the north. Just don’t expect complete solitude.

Even if no other human hikers scale the Skyscraper, you’ll find the local residents are typical nosy neighbors who have to check out any visitor. A small colony of marmots resides atop this peak, and I’ve yet to visit the top without having one of the big yellowbellied beasts popping out to check on my lunch. Enjoy visiting with the big beggars, but don’t share your food: the marmots don’t need your granola, and feeding them just encourages unneighborly behaviors on their part.

©  Dan A. Nelson & Alan L. Bauer/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Greenwater
Distance: 8.5
Elevation Gain: 1,078 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Season: July–Oct
Trailhead Elevation: 6,400 feet
Top Elevation: 7,078 feet
Local Contacts: Sunrise Ranger Station
Local Maps: Green Trails Mount Rainier East, No. 270
Driving Directions: Directions to Skyscraper Mountain Trail

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7/28/2006
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This is a great trail, easy hiking and nice views, even if it's cloudy, as it was today. The flowers are out!



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