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Tolmie Peak Hike

Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier Area, Washington

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  • Mowich Lake from Tolmie Peak trailhead.- Tolmie Peak Hike
  • Mowich Lake along the trail.- Tolmie Peak Hike
  • Woodland penstemon (Nothochelone nemorosa).- Tolmie Peak Hike
  • Old-growth noble fir (Abies procera).- Tolmie Peak Hike
  • Black huckleberry (Vaccinium membranaceum).- Tolmie Peak Hike
  • Tolmie Peak hiking trail.- Tolmie Peak Hike
  • First glimpse of Tolmie Peak.- Tolmie Peak Hike
  • Unidentified species (help us identify it by providing feedback).- Tolmie Peak Hike
  • Lush wildflower meadow near Eunice Lake.- Tolmie Peak Hike
  • Eunice Lake and Tolmie Peak.- Tolmie Peak Hike
  • Unidentified salamander species at larval stage (help us identify it by providing feedback).- Tolmie Peak Hike
  • Eunice Lake and Tolmie Peak.- Tolmie Peak Hike
  • Eunice Lake and Tolmie Peak.- Tolmie Peak Hike
  • Hikers along Eunice Lake's shore.- Tolmie Peak Hike
  • Scotch bluebell (Campanula rotundifolia).- Tolmie Peak Hike
  • View south toward Eunice Lake and Mount Rainier (14,411').- Tolmie Peak Hike
  • Mount Rainier (14,411') from Tolmie Peak (5,939').- Tolmie Peak Hike
  • Tolmie Peak lookout tower and Mount Rainier (14,411').- Tolmie Peak Hike
  • View from Tolmie Peak's summit looking northwest toward the Olympics.- Tolmie Peak Hike
  • Hikers along Eunice Lake.- Tolmie Peak Hike
  • Looking down on Eunice Lake.- Tolmie Peak Hike
  • Eunice Lake from Tolmie Peak.- Tolmie Peak Hike
  • View east from Tolmie Peak's summit.- Tolmie Peak Hike
  • The northeast view of Glacier Peak (10,525').- Tolmie Peak Hike
  • The lookout tower atop Tolmie Peak.- Tolmie Peak Hike
  • Mount Rainier's Curtis Ridge as viewed from Tolmie Peak.- Tolmie Peak Hike
  • Mount Rainier's northern summit, Libery Cap (14,112').- Tolmie Peak Hike
  • Panoramic view of Mount Rainier (14,411') and Eunice Lake from Tolmie Peak's summit.- Tolmie Peak Hike
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Panoramic vistas of Mount Rainier. North side access.
Cons: 
Summer weekend crowds. 17-mile gravel access road.
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Region:
Mount Rainier Area, WA
Congestion: 
High
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
National Park Pass
Total Distance: 
5.60 mi (9.01 km)
Trailhead Elev.: 
4,950 ft (1,509 m)
Net Elev. Gain: 
990 ft (302 m)
Trail Uses:
Hiking
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Dogs allowed: 
No
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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From the Tolmie Peak Lookout Tower at 5,939 feet, breathless views extend in every direction! Not only is this view from the top of Tolmie Peak* one of the area's most incredible perspectives on Mount Rainier, you can also see as far north as Mount Baker, Glacier Peak, and all the way out to the Olympic Mountains from this craggy perch.

The trailhead for this hike starts at Mowich Lake, the major crossroad for Mount Rainier National Park's northwest side. Because of its location, adjacency to the Seattle-Tacoma metro area, jaw-dropping views, and the relatively easy approach, the hike to the top of Tolmie Peak is one of the park's most popular.

Past Mowich Lake, the trail actually descends through a thick forest of old-growth noble fir and black huckleberries before it rises back up again at Eunice Lake, where you'll gain the first glimpse of the fire lookout tower. It is roughly 2.4 miles one-way to Eunice Lake, and for many, hiking this far will satisfy their thirst for wilderness. The adjacent wildflowers and still waters of Eunice Lake are reason enough to make the hike. From Eunice Lake it is an additional 600-foot climb to the top of Tolmie Peak, which may look intimidating, but the gentle switchback trail to the top is worth the additional effort.

Note: Backcountry camping is not permitted at Tolmie Peak or Eunice Lake.

* Tolmie Peak is named after William Fraser Tolmie, an early settler and doctor who came to the mountain, led by the Nisqually natives, to collect herbs and to enjoy the Tahoma's natural beauty. It so happened that Tolmie was also the first non-native to have visited the giant volcano.

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