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The Castle, Plummer Peak — May 11, 2013 — cwrugirl
Overnight
Issues: Snow on trail | No water source | Avalanche danger
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The plan was to camp overnight and climb as many peaks as possible. We started early on Saturday (ar...
The plan was to camp overnight and climb as many peaks as possible. We started early on Saturday (around 8AM) from the Narada Falls parking lot. Had to climb a steep snow section to get back on the road and traverse on the road for a bit before hitting the trail. The trail is covered in snow all the way except the actual peaks. Most of our climb was on the vast snow fields. Good boots, gaiters and ice axe were mandatory. None of us had any other traction devices. We camped on the saddle between Castle and Pinnacle with Mt Rainier looming large in the North and awesome views of Adams and Helens in the South. To get to Castle from camp, we had to first traverse a short sketchy rock section with loose rocks, but nothing unmanageable. After that, it is all snow fields once again until you get to the foot of Castle. It was warm and by mid day, the snow became quite wet and we had to use extra caution. We spent some time at Castle practicing rock climbing, hung out at the top, took pictures and rappelled down. We then headed to Plummer which is a walk up on snow all the way till top. Again, splendid views all around. We couldn't do Pinnacle because it was a scramble all the way up with loose rocks and it was getting late already. Thick lenticular clouds were covering the peak of Rainier by evening. Past midnight, the winds started picking up. When we woke in the morning, it was windy and foggy and visibility was poor. We decided to break camp and head back. Coming down was quick since we could glissade most of the way back. We reached the parking lot in an hour and a half. Overall, an awesome first day with couple climbs and snow camping.
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Plummer Peak — Oct 12, 2010 — Nordique
Day hike
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Since it was midweek, I had Plummer Peak and the Pinnacle Saddle hike nearly to myself, on this annu...
Since it was midweek, I had Plummer Peak and the Pinnacle Saddle hike nearly to myself, on this annual excursion, a hike I'd skipped for decades as too short to bother with, when I could hike up to Muir and ski down. Now my preference is for shorter, but still super scenic hikes and this one really fits that bill, with a high ratio of miles to views. I did find some frost and ice on the shady north side of the Plummer shoulder, but--still--no problem. Too many photos here:

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Pinnacle Saddle, Plummer Peak — Sep 12, 2009 — Tomas
Day hike
Features: Ripe berries
Issues: Bugs
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As a quick side trip prior to hitting the Rainier Fest in Ashford headed to Pinnacle Saddle trail. ...
As a quick side trip prior to hitting the Rainier Fest in Ashford headed to Pinnacle Saddle trail. Hiking partner for the day was Woody. Our goal would be Plummer Peak summit on this beautiful day. At trailhead was a large group of 20+ people. We were able to get past them and continue on. First part of trail in shade. We heard some pikas at rockfall but couldn't see them. We passed a few other people and arrived at the saddle. Noted a couple of spur trails to right. One goes down, and my guess is, goes around Plummer Peak and continues to west. Other trail to right goes up to Plummer Peak summit. We passed one couple coming down. Not a hard hike/climb. Trail/path all the way to summit. Only scrambling is over some large tree roots near summit. Summit views were great! Had the summit all to ourselves. We lunched just below summit due to flying ants. Coming down we passed a couple of parties going up to the summit. One couple was from Alabama but out here on work. I was impressed with their ability to pronounce Puyallup but then found out they'd been living there for 6 months. They were Auburn fans, not Crimson Tide. Real nice talking to them - good luck at Madigan. Trip back was uneventful. Will probably try to do Castle Peak next year. My guess is that this is probably the easiest of the Tatoosh Peaks. Have done 3 now, Pinnacle Peak is a harder scramble and Eagle Peak is a longer, more strenuous hike with a scramble at the end. I'll take my time knocking off these peaks. I've heard that many folks do multiple summits in a day. I even read of people who did the whole traverse with summits in a day! No thanks, I'd rather enjoy the trip up. Back in Ashford, Rainier Fest was great!
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Plummer Peak, Pinnacle Peak, The Castle, Denman Peak — Aug 02, 2009 — S A Reno
Day hike
Features: Wildflowers blooming
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I dropped off the family at the cruise terminal in Seattle at 1 pm and was on the trail at 4:25 pm. ...
I dropped off the family at the cruise terminal in Seattle at 1 pm and was on the trail at 4:25 pm. I wanted to start my free time off by grabbing three peaks right off, so tried not to waste any time hitting the trail. The trip to the Pinnacle/Plummer saddle went quick and I was on the summit of Pinnacle in 55 minutes. I hadn’t planned on doing Castle, as all the trip reports I’d read sounded like a rope was nice to have along. However, from the summit of Pinnacle I could see what looked like an easy scramble route, so off I went.

I dropped down to the saddle above the Pinnacle Glacier and followed the scramble route on the NW side to the summit. Yes, indeed, it was a relatively easy scramble route and I was on the summit in no time. It was great to make Castle, especially coming as surprise as it did. From there I made my way to Plummer, where three mountain goats greeted me, including a kid. Though Denman isn’t much of a summit, it does appear on the map, so would make the 4th of the day. The sun was getting lower while on Denman, prompting me to head back to the saddle.

I arrived back at the van exactly 4 hours after starting out. After a quick dinner, I headed over toward Chinook Pass on the now quiet, lonely road, where I planned on spending the night before climbing the Chinook Pass area peaks the next day.

Stats: Not many miles; 2800 foot gain; 4 hours RT
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Plummer peak,Pinnacle Saddle,Pinnacle Peak — Jun 02, 2002 — The Crank
Day hike
Issues: Snow on trail
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The road was open from Narada Falls to Reflection Lakes, and further. Had to park parallel, though ...

The road was open from Narada Falls to Reflection Lakes, and further. Had to park parallel, though at trailhead. Climbed up 7' snow wall on south side of road to walk on snow. Snow all the way to the top. Must use Ice axe, especially towards the top. Snow was in excellent condition for walking. Went up to have lunch at top of Plummer (followed tracks). Went back to saddle and proceeded to Pinnacle Peak. Worked our way up to the top. Upper rocks were bare, but it was a real scramble to the top. Beautiful view, could see outline of Reflection Lakes due to melting at the edge. Did a series of glissades back down.

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Mountain goats cavorting near the Plummer Peak summit. Photo by S.A. Reno.
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Mt. Rainier
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Hiking Guide to Washington Geology (Carson / Babcock - Keokee) p. 152-155

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