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Norse Peak

Mount Rainier Area > Chinook Pass - Hwy 410
46.9644, -121.4829 Map & Directions
Length
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
2900 feet
Highest Point
6856 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Hard
Norse Peak by Day Hike
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Summits
  • Dogs allowed on leash

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass

A steep, yet surprisingly comfortable climb to views of Mount Adams, Mount Rainier, Mount Hood, Glacier Peak, and the Olympics. Continue reading

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Hiking Norse Peak

While this trail is certainly steep, it's surprisingly comfortable for gaining nearly 3,000 feet. Between long switchbacks, a few flat segments dull the pain between climbing sessions.

Just 1 mile up, you'll snag your first views of Crystal Mountain with Mount Rainier peeking out behind it. Keep right at the (sometimes unsigned) junction with the Goat Lake Trail, just past the 3-mile mark. The trail is dusty, but the views of colorful wildflowers will give you something pretty to admire while you climb.

This trail has been rerouted recently in order to maintain the habitat's integrity and limit erosion. Because of that, several misleading side trails remain. Stay on the path most traveled, and avoid those that appear decommissioned.

At the 4-mile mark, you'll hit a junction just under the ridge line. Turn right to follow the Norse Peak View Trail. In just one more scrambly mile, you'll reach the summit.

There used to be a fire lookout up here, but the remains are pretty scant at this point. Thankfully, there are plenty of more interesting sights. On clear days, Mount Adams, Mount Rainier, Mount Hood, Glacier Peak, and the Olympics are laid out on a perfectly photogenic horizon. You may even spy mountain goats or elk grazing in the meadows or getting water at Basin Lake just below. Return when you're ready, picking a few tasty huckleberries along the way.

WTA Pro Tip: Bring extra water, as this is a dry trail, with significant mileage and elevation gain that take their toll in late summer.

Hike Description Written by
Brittany Manwill, WTA Correspondent

Norse Peak

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 46.9644, -121.4829 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass

WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

From Enumclaw, drive SR 410 east for 33 miles to Crystal Mountain Road. Turn and drive 4.2 miles to Gold Hill Road on the left. Park on the right-side shoulder of Crystal Mountain Road, then cross the road and hike 0.2 miles up Gold Hill Road to the Norse Peak trailhead.

More Hike Details

Trailhead

Mount Rainier Area > Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

Norse Peak (#1191)

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Snoqualmie Ranger District

Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking: Snoqualmie Region (Nelson & Bauer-Mountaineers Books)

Green Trails Bumping Lake No. 271

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