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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.


Start up the trail as it angles away from the access road. The trail climbs steadily but moderately through pristine forests for the first 2 miles. At this point, the trail crosses a small stream and starts up the flank of Chutla Peak. The trail stays under a forest canopy, but once you're over the creek the forest's understory begins to open up, providing light as well as more views between the trees.

At 3.5 miles, the trail rolls into a hillside meadow just below the saddle separating Eagle and Chutla peaks. At the saddle, look northeast around the shoulder of Eagle to find impressive views of Mount Rainier. The maintained trail ends here, and while a climbers track continues upward, I recommend that anyone not equipped with climbing gear (and the associated skills) turn back here.
Driving Directions:

From Tacoma, drive east on State Route 7 to Elbe, then veer left onto SR 706 to enter the park at the Nisqually Entrance near Ashford. Continue east to Longmire and pull into the parking area. Drive past the ranger station to the bridge over the Nisqually River, found behind the staff housing. Check with the ranger to make sure this bridge is passable. If the road to the bridge is closed, park in the lot behind the Longmire hotel and walk to the bridge to find the trail on the far side.

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Eagle Peak — Sep 14, 2013 — Norm
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Another great day to get out and get some exercise and take in some wonderful views. Our destinatio...
Another great day to get out and get some exercise and take in some wonderful views. Our destination was Eagle Peak and we knew it would be more than a hike beyond the saddle, which is posted as the trails end at 3.6 miles. So beyond the saddle it is a scramble with a foot path all the way to the 5958' summit. En route we heard the shrill of a marmot while still in the forest below. Later we saw him perched on a rock ledge with a commanding view and plenty of warming sunshine. As we hiked along the trail we stopped by his perch and were able to get close photos without a stir as he did not wish to relinquish his dominate view point.
The hike to the saddle took about two hours of leisurely travel. Saddle views to "The Mountain" and many of its southern ancillary peaks are spectacular. From there, after stashing the trekking poles, we followed a path over rock with some exposure. Do not go beyond the saddle if only out for a hike and unfamiliar with scrambling on rock.
Few wildflowers remain as only bluebells were seen along the trail.
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Eagle Peak — Jul 27, 2013 — Hikingthedayaway
Day hike
Features: Wildflowers blooming
Issues: Bugs
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Beautiful day hike with great views (Rainier, Adams, Hood, St. Helen). No bugs at the top. Not to ...
Beautiful day hike with great views (Rainier, Adams, Hood, St. Helen). No bugs at the top. Not to many people on the trail either.

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Eagle Peak — Jul 24, 2012 — Happy Hiker
Day hike
Features: Wildflowers blooming
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This trail starts behind Longmire and is a pleasant uphill walk through old growth forest for the fi...
This trail starts behind Longmire and is a pleasant uphill walk through old growth forest for the first two miles. The last mile+ breaks out into steep meadows mixed with forest and is definitely a lot steeper. there are a couple of smallish patches of snow on the trail. The meadows are just breaking into bloom with all our favorite flowers and so nice to see. Must be summer! We topped out on a ridge below Eagle Peak with terrific views of Mt. Rainier and the Tattoosh range. We even saw the first mountain goat of the year. There were a good number of people on the trail for a Tuesday, so I imagine this can get pretty crowded on weekends. A great hike!
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Eagle Peak — Jul 13, 2012 — Hikingqueen
Day hike
Features: Wildflowers blooming
Issues: Snow on trail
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Started around 9 am, thankful it wasn't too hot yet. Trail is in great shape till about .5 from sadd...
Started around 9 am, thankful it wasn't too hot yet. Trail is in great shape till about .5 from saddle then there's some snow and mud, if you don't know where the trail goes, you could loose it easily. I have been here before and just stayed to the left and popped right back on trail soon enough. Flowers are just starting to open it will be real good in a couple weeks i would guess. No bugs for me today. Reached the saddle and had lunch. Only encountered about 5 other hikers today.
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Eagle Peak — Jun 16, 2012 — Mosyrosie
Day hike
Features: Wildflowers blooming
Issues: Snow on trail
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The trail was great for about 2 1/4 miles, then got into snow. We stopped and had lunch at snow lin...
The trail was great for about 2 1/4 miles, then got into snow. We stopped and had lunch at snow line. There were other groups who went past us and tried navigating in the snow, but came back and said there was too much snow. It was still a good hike, we all enjoyed ourselves as we passed several water falls coming up and then down the trail.
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View of Mt. Rainier from Eagle Peak saddle. Photo by Tomas.
Location
Mt. Rainier -- SE - Longmire / Paradise
Longmire Wilderness Information Center
Statistics
Roundtrip 7.0 miles
Elevation Gain 2950 ft
Highest Point 5650 ft
Features
Rivers
Mountain views
Guidebooks & Maps
Day Hiking: Mt. Rainier National Park Trails (Nelson & Bauer - Mountaineers Books)
Green Trails Mount Rainier West
No. 269 and Green Trails Randle
No. 301

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