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Pinnacle Peak — Sep 15, 2013 — Happy Hiker
Day hike
Features: Ripe berries
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We hiked up the Pinnacle Peak trail on what turned out to be a lovely, sunny day while the rest of W...
We hiked up the Pinnacle Peak trail on what turned out to be a lovely, sunny day while the rest of Western Washington was experiencing lightning and rain. The trail was the scene of a WTA work party, and they were doing a terrific job of making the first part of the trail much easier to hike on, good work, folks! the rest of the trail is in good shape, although it is still too steep! The pikas and marmots were busy filling up for winter, the mountain had a lovely flying saucer on top of it, and we saw a bear! Great hike, but not a lot of fall color yet.
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Pinnacle Peak — Aug 20, 2013 — Hikingqueen
Day hike
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Left my house at 3 AM after pondering where to hike and flipping a coin between Sunrise or Paradise,...
Left my house at 3 AM after pondering where to hike and flipping a coin between Sunrise or Paradise, Paradise won. I haven't done this trail in a couple of years it's short and sweet and i thought i could get up top as the sun was rising. I only went a bit past the saddle. My plan worked out well. I started up by headlamp at 5:30. The trail is in great shape, lots of pikas out early morning, still some nice flowers along the way. The clouds were swirling below and raised just enough to let Rainier peak out, the pink was starting, i was racing to the saddle shooting along the way, the i almost forgot how amazing it was the other way with Goat Rocks, Adams, and Mt. Hood views, and the clouds on that side... and the PINK! OMG....If my stomach wasn't still sick from the coffee i had on the way up, i was literally dry heaving and then back to taking shots before the pink went away. TMI I know...but it was part of the story. The trip down was uneventful, more pikas and 1 marmot completed my journey. I had the whole trail to myself, a volunteer was heading up just as I reached the sign. Love it when that happends. Now up to Paradise for some animals and more great light...I'll do that part in another TR so you can see more pics...If you enjoyed this TR and photos please think about sponsoring me in hike a thon, i'm only $30 to my goal. If you need to renew your membership you can by sponsoring me. Thank you so much for your help!
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Pinnacle Peak — Feb 10, 2011 — blue eyes
Day hike
Issues: Mud/Rockslide
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Today's drive was different than the typical outing to a trailhead. Today there were cows, horses, ...
Today's drive was different than the typical outing to a trailhead. Today there were cows, horses, goats, birds, dogs, barns, silos and green farmland providing the gateway to Pinnacle Peak Park. Located outside of Enumclaw, many refer to this hike as Mt. Peak.

There are two ways to approach this hike - from the north or the south which is along SE Mud Mountain Road. My preference was to arrive on the north side located at the corner of 276th Ave SE and SE 472nd Street. There is no formal parking lot; cars park at the trailhead and along the roadside. The trail at this location is named for Cal Magnusson, who was a Cascade mountaineer who worked at REI for 25 years. A large wood sign with his name is at the beginning of the trail. Pick up a trail flier which provides you with backround information of this 256 acre park and includes a drawing of the trails.

The hike begins at 800' and continues a steep climb one mile to the top at 1,800'. Along the way, the ground was wet, lots of roots, rocks and huge trees hugging the trail that you get to dance around. There is one area less than half way up the trail in which water flows over rocks onto the trail. A metal line has been installed into the hillside to assist when the trail is really wet and muddy. Further on, a bench, installed as a Boy Scout Eagle project, is located at a switchback.

At the top, one hopes for a view of Mt. Rainier on such a clear, sunny day. There is no clear view amongst the trees. Two long wood benches have been created using the footings of the old fire lookout as their bases.

Determined to find a view on such a nice day, narrow trails can be found on the south side of the peak as you return. Adventure off the main trail and within minutes you will see Mt. Rainier. What a great view. Also found a nice, private sunny location to sit and enjoy the view and the changing cloud formations over Mt. Rainier.

This was a nice, quick hike. It was obvious that many on the trail were out to get their exercise for the day. This hike has the added advantage of being available year-round, easily assessable and with fantastic views of Mt. Rainier. This really is a "jewel of a place" so close to Enumclaw.

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Pinnacle Saddle Snowshoe — Jan 02, 2011 — Rebecca Lavigne
Snowshoe/XC Ski
Issues: Snow on trail
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This was an awesome hike for a clear day. The powder, helped, too. The walk to Reflection Lake is ea...
This was an awesome hike for a clear day. The powder, helped, too. The walk to Reflection Lake is easy. Shortly after reaching the lake we followed some tracks uphill toward Pinnacle Peak. It was quite a workout to get to the top, but totally worth it. We ended up on a saddle just east the Castle and east of Pinnacle Peak; I think the one described in the hiking guide description is between the Castle and Pinnacle. To the south, we had clear views of Adams, St. Helens and Mt Hood. And of course to the north Rainier was right in front of us.

The way down to Reflection Lake was the most fun of all. What took us about 75 minutes of slogging uphill on the way up turned into 20 minutes of glissading on the way down. Tons of ski tracks up there, though we didn't see any skiers -- we ran into only two other snowshoers between Reflection Lake and the Saddle.
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Pinnacle Saddle — Oct 17, 2010 — austineats
Day hike
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This short and popular trail was crowded on such a sunny day. By mid afternoon the sun had warmed th...
This short and popular trail was crowded on such a sunny day. By mid afternoon the sun had warmed the trail to it's muddy best. The mud let-up after a while allowing one to enjoy the views of rocky the summits of Pinnical and Castle. We turned right at the saddle and hiked over to Plummer and Denman. Not too exciting but away from the crowds. 4 hours round trip from the car with alpine meadows, views of Adams, St Helens, Hood and of course Rainier.

Great hike for kids.
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