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Mount Wow

Mount Rainier Area


Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise


4.0 miles, roundtrip


Gain: 3800 ft.
Highest Point: 6040 ft.


3.00 out of 5


Parking Pass/Entry Fee

National Park Pass

Followed the remnants of old logging road to the end, then head up the southwest ridge of Mt. Wow toward peak 5614. Avoid brushy areas and heavy bushwhacking by heading east, to the edge of the formerly logged area.

Continue climbing the steep forested ridge until you encounter the park boundary and a climbers “trail”. The trail ascends the narrow southwest ridge of Mount Wow, with very steep slopes to the west, attention grabbing cliffs to the east, and a few easy climbing moves along the way. The trail fades away at 5100 feet.

Past 5100 feet, the trail becomes class 2 or 3 climbing, with no clear trail to the summit.


Mount Wow

Map & Directions


Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

Mount Rainier National Park

Guidebooks & Maps

75 Scrambles in Washington: Classic Routes to the Summit

Peggy Goldman

Mountaineers Books.

Getting There

About 3 miles west of the Nisqually Entrance to Mount Rainier National Park, head north on FR59, the road to Glacier View. At just under 3 miles, reach Goat Creek Road, a spur road to the right of the main road. Turn onto Goat Creek Road and stay on it for about 1.5 miles. Here, a landslide and a large rock blocks further access, but you're almost to the trail anyway. Park where you can.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

National Park Pass

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