High Rock

Randle, Washington 98377

High Rock

High Rock Professional Review and Guide

"Teetering on a precipitous pinnacle, High Rock is one of Washington’s most stunning lookouts. It’s one of the few remaining in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, though it’s no longer staffed; much-needed restoration began on it in 2015. The hike to it is short but steep. And if the climb doesn’t take your breath away, the in-your-face view of Mount Rainier’s snowy face will.

High Rock is the loftiest and most prominent point along the serrated Sawtooth Ridge rising above the Nisqually River valley just south of Mount Rainier. Folks used to have to hike more than 10 miles to reach High Rock, but over the years the Forest Service punched roads closer and closer to this peak for timber extraction. The days of the big cut are over now, and surprisingly Sawtooth Ridge still retains stands of old-growth forest. But it’s High Rock’s far-reaching and unsurpassed views that you’ll find most intriguing on this hike."

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Trail Information

Randle
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
3.2
Distance
1,350 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Best July through October
Season
Gifford Pinchot NF, Cowlitz Valley Ranger Station, Randle
Local Contacts
Green Trails, Randle WA No. 301
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jul 2018