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Eagle Peak

Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier Area, Washington

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  • Unidentified species (help us identify it by providing feedback).- Eagle Peak
  • Indian paintbrush.- Eagle Peak
  • Chutla Peak with Eagle Peak behind and Mount Rainier to the right.- Eagle Peak
  • Longmire wooden truss suspension bridge.- Eagle Peak
  • Bear grass in bloom.- Eagle Peak
  • Alpine meadow below the saddle.- Eagle Peak
  • Unidentified species (help us identify it by providing feedback).- Eagle Peak
  • Columbia lily.- Eagle Peak
  • Looking down from below the summit at a scramble section- Eagle Peak
  • Phlox.- Eagle Peak
  • Red columbine- Eagle Peak
  • The summit of Eagle Peak with Mount Rainier beyond.- Eagle Peak
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Views. Wildflowers. Non-technical.
Cons: 
Challenging route finding near summit.
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Region:
Mount Rainier Area, WA
Congestion: 
Low
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
National Park Pass
Total Distance: 
7.40 mi (11.91 km)
Trailhead Elev.: 
2,800 ft (853 m)
Net Elev. Gain: 
3,158 ft (963 m)
Trail Uses:
Hiking
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Dogs allowed: 
No
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Light rain overnight.
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Mixed precipitation throughout the day.
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Heavy rain throughout the day.
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Towering above the Nisqually River, Eagle Peak prominently anchors the western end of the awe-inspiring Tatoosh Range. This jagged-topped mountain range erupts out of the shadow of Mount Rainier and offers some of Mount Rainier National Park’s most spectacular views. Eagle Peak and the neighboring Chutla and Wahpenayo Peaks provide a backcountry experience for day hikers, backpackers and mountain climbers alike.

The trail winds up the mountain through thick timber and foliage shortly after crossing the timber bridge across the Nisqually River. Before reaching the saddle between Eagle and Chutla Peaks you'll encounter an alpine meadow filled with wildflowers in the spring and early summer months. Lupine, Columbia lily, red columbine, and bear grass flowers create a blanket of color along the hillside. Once you arrive at the saddle where the maintained trail ends, follow the climber's trail in a northerly direction. After pushing your way through the overgrown shrubs and tree limbs you will arrive at a headwall. Follow the path downhill to the left and then as it switchbacks up and to the right to gain the summit. A little scrambling and comfort with heights will get a fit adventurer to the summit, where views of the entire Tatoosh Range and breathtaking Mount Rainer will nearly knock you off your feet.

Parking at the trailhead is limited. Users are encouraged to park at the Longmire Parking Lot and make the short walk through the park staff housing area and across the wood timber bridge over the Nisqually River. Shortly after crossing the bridge the trail will head up the hill on the left side of the road. For those inspired to camp, a free backcountry permit can be obtained at the Longmire Wilderness Information Center (360.569.6650). Be sure to bring a bear canister or be prepared to hang your food. As always, please apply Leave No Trace practices whenever you are in the backcountry.  

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