Shriner Peak Trail

Greenwater, Washington

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The old lookout cabin that served decades as guard against wildfires still stands atop Shiner Peak, though now it’s a historic reminder of a bygone era. These cabins-on-stilts no longer serve as the first line of defense. Today’s watch towers are much higher—satellites monitor lightning strikes, and if needed, airplanes do reconnaissance to check for smoke. Shriner’s summit tower serves only as a hikers’ rest area with glorious views of the eastern reaches of Mount Rainier National Park, as well as the western peaks of the William O. Douglas Wilderness Area to the east. The trail is long and steep, but the views from the end are worth any effort to get there.
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)

The old lookout cabin that served decades as guard against wildfires still stands atop Shiner Peak, though now it’s a historic reminder of a bygone era. These cabins-on-stilts no longer serve as the first line of defense. Today’s watch towers are much higher—satellites monitor lightning strikes, and if needed, airplanes do reconnaissance to check for smoke.

Shriner’s summit tower serves only as a hikers’ rest area with glorious views of the eastern reaches of Mount Rainier National Park, as well as the western peaks of the William O. Douglas Wilderness Area to the east. The trail is long and steep, but the views from the end are worth any effort to get there.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Greenwater
Distance: 8.5
Elevation Gain: 3,434 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Season: June-Oct
Trailhead Elevation: 2,400 feet
Top Elevation: 5,834 feet
Local Contacts: Longmire Wilderness Information Center
Local Maps: Green Trails Mount Rainier East, No. 270
Driving Directions: Directions to Shriner Peak Trail

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