Eagle Peak Trail

Mount Rainier National Park, Washington

Elevation Gain3,150ft
Trailhead Elevation2,819ft
Elevation Min/Max2819/5767ft
Elevation Start/End2819/2819ft

Eagle Peak Trail

Eagle Peak Trail is a hiking trail in Lewis County, Washington. It is within Mount Rainier National Park. It is 2.9 miles long and begins at 2,819 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,150 feet.

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Day Hiking: Mount Rainier National Park (The Mountaineers Books)
Dan A. Nelson & Alan L. Bauer
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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."
Hiking Mount Rainier National Park - 4th Edition (Falcon Guides)
Heidi Radlinski and Mary Skjelset
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"This hike is a constant and strenuous ascent through varied terrain, ending with a spectacular view in the saddle between two peaks and offers a spectacular view of the south face of Mount Rainier. For the first 2.0 miles, the trail makes a moderate to steep ascent by means of long switchbacks through lush forest. On the north end of most of the switchbacks, you can catch an obscured glimpse of an unnamed tributary of the Nisqually River. A full view of this tributary will come 2.1 miles into the hike as you cross the wooden bridge just past the halfway point."

Eagle Peak Trail Trip Reports

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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.
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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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3.0 hours up a continuous 20-30 degree incline, 40-45 degrees in some places; it took about 1.5 hours after the bridge to reach the saddle; nice views of cascading water; gorgeous views of Mt Adams, Mt St Helens and Mt Rainier at the saddle; some boot pack snow just before the meadowlands which are about 20-30 minutes from the saddle; some mosquitos were out--temp in the 80's; did get a phone signal near the saddle, but only 1 bar (AT&T).

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Mount Rainier National Park
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Longmire Wilderness Information Center: (360) 569-6650
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