Sep 08, 2011
- Type of Outing
- Day hike
- Read More in our Hiking Guide
- Hike: Shriner Peak
- Region: Mt. Rainier -- SW - Cayuse Pass / Steven's Canyon
- Agency: Longmire Wilderness Information Center
- Avg Rating: 3.12
- Why You Should Go Now
- Wildflowers blooming
- Ripe berries
- Be Aware Of
- No water source
The beginning of the trail is in the forest with many vibrant green vine maples which will surely decorate the trail as fall approaches and the colors change. There are several old growth trees with evidence of logging from years ago. A couple of trees also had been freshly stripped by a bear - my guess; sap oozing from the bark.
It was a relief on this "sauna type" morning to get to the first outstanding views of Mr. Rainier at 4,460 ft. on a great, rocky ledge. Catch your breathe and take a sip as the rest of the trail is in mostly open, green meadows with some rock gardens, an everchanging scenery and tons of sweet smelling lupine. As you continue to climb to the peak, the views of Mt. Rainier are outstanding and you will see Mt. Adams in the distance. The trail also seems to be easier, maybe because of the open airy feeling or just knowing that the top is very close at hand.
The Shriner Peak Fire Lookout was a pleasant sight to see as can not see the lookout from the trail. This lookout was built in 1932 by the National Park Service and is one of four remaining lookouts in Mt. Rainier National Park. It appears to be in pretty good shape but needs a fresh coat of paint. There are several camp sites and a toilet on the large grassy peak. At the top, I overlooked searching for Shriner Lake as the clouds hanging low to the east were ominous and I was distracted by the gorgeous views of Mt. Rainier and exploring the fire lookout. I will remember to find the lake next time.
This is a great hike that has a lot to offer along with solitude. Only two other guys were on the trail who were returning from the peak as I was close to the top. Pretty amazing on a such a nice day in the park. As a reminder, take plenty of water and pack some extra in your car for your return. To my surprise, today it was 84 degrees at the top.