Eagle Peak Trail

Ashford, Washington

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This trail is threatened by lack of use as well as perpetual flooding of the Nisqually River. The flooding doesn’t affect the trail itself, but it does potentially block access to the trail. In fact, the access road was lost in the 2006 floods, so before heading out, be sure to check with the ranger to make sure this route is accessible. If it is, you’ll find a long climb through forests leading to stellar views.
Day Hiking: Mount Rainier National Park

DESCRIPTION FROM:

Day Hiking: Mount Rainier National Park

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

This trail is threatened by lack of use as well as perpetual flooding of the Nisqually River. The flooding doesn’t affect the trail itself, but it does potentially block access to the trail.

In fact, the access road was lost in the 2006 floods, so before heading out, be sure to check with the ranger to make sure this route is accessible. If it is, you’ll find a long climb through forests leading to stellar views.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Ashford
Distance: 7
Elevation Gain: 2,950 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Season: May–Oct
Trailhead Elevation: 3,000 feet
Top Elevation: 5,650 feet
Local Contacts: Longmire Wilderness Information Center
Local Maps: Green Trails Mount Rainier West, No. 269 and Green Trails Randle, No. 301
Driving Directions: Directions to Eagle Peak Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

7/5/2012
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Amazing "old forest" trail with a very rewarding finish at the saddle. Most of the trail is switchbacks through the old forest. Before reaching a lower saddle the trail takes you to your first amazing view of a large rock slide in a bowl. As of July 5th 2012 the trail is basically lost in the snow after this point. But by following the many foot prints in the snow you will easily reach the lower saddle with a large clearing. Continue through the clearing (North) to some vertical cliffs; here you can pick up the trail again. It gets pretty steep from here with more switchbacks. The saddle where the trail ends provides a spectacular view of Rainier and even Mt Saint Helens to the South. Even though you are in a saddle the view is still incredible. Beautiful trail with beautiful views!!! I'm an experienced hiker and completed the hike in 6 hours with an hour at the saddle. You will be glad you hiked this trail.


10/2/2010
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The two and a half hour hike with 3000 ft of elevation was strenuous but manageable. We were rewarded with a spectacular view of Mt. Rainier. The walk down was much easier, all down hill.



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