I am sharing some photos from one of my most recent hikes, Pinnacle Peak, in Mt. Rainier National Park. I completed the hike on August 29th, 2020, and to my surprise, there were still plenty of wildflower meadows to see. It’s a short and fun hike, definitely worth some sweat hiking up and the long drive here!
Pinnacle Peak Trail is located in the Paradise area of Mt. Rainier National Park. I got up to Paranoma Point, a part of the Skyline Trail in Paradise almost two years ago. So if you’re looking for a good fall hike recommendations, I highly recommend trails in the Paradise area as views of Mt. Rainier are unbeatable, especially on clear days with some sun. My favorites have got to be the flowers and wildlife along the way! I have seen a few marmots and pikas!
Location: Mount Rainier Area
Distance: 2.5 mi.+ (about 2+ hours).
The + sign means you can actually keep exploring beyond the paved trail sign which then leads to a portal aka the Pinnacle Saddle. Just be careful if you turn left to hike up to the peaks and hike with caution because of loose rocks. I’d highly recommend taking the right turn when you see ‘the end of the paved road’ Pinnacle Peak sign and hike a few miles ahead. Enjoy the views of Mt. Adams in the distance, the wildflowers, and turn back from where you came from.
Gain: 1000 ft. Highest Point: 5,920 ft.
Parking Pass/Entry Fee: National Park Pass (I have America the Beautiful annual pass)
On Washington Trail Association (WTA), they call this hike Pinnacle Saddle, and as always, I highly recommend you reading up on the reviews for trail conditions and look up the weather before heading out. Pinnacle Peak Trail is a short and manageable one, and I’d say kids could easily join you here!
If you’re coming from Seattle, head South on I5 and follow Google GPS to Reflection Lakes. Park at Reflection Lakes parking lot, take a stroll to the lakes before starting the hike. The trail entrance is just across the street!
Note that there is no toilet here, so plan ahead. You can drive to the Paradise visitor center for that, and it’s located about 8 minutes away. Lookup for what’s open in Mt. Rainier before you go, HERE.
PRO-TIPS: Help pickup garbage you see on the trails. Please pack it out, including toilet paper and food. Watch out for bugs if you do this hike in the summer!
Lastly, lots of people say they finish the Pinnacle Peak hike in 1.5 hours, but I highly recommend you to take time and not rush it. Don’t forget to take a lot of photos and look around since Mt. Rainier looks different in every lighting situation, especially around sunrise and sunset hour. It’s a beautiful hike and much more quiet than many hikes in the Paradise area for sure!
Enjoy the photos and thank you for being here, as always!
READ MY HIKE WASHINGTON SERIES: HERE