Here is another world class hikes in the Mt. Rainier National Park. The trail begins
in the parking area of the very popular Reflection Lakes, so finding a place to park
might be a challenge. An early arrival will help a lot.
This hike involves a long steady climb on a rather steep trail to the saddle that
separates Pinnacle Peak from Plummer Peak. During the summer, the trail is surrounded
by gorgeous wildflowers nearly at every step. Even though while climbing, Mt. Rainier
is behind you, there are numerous opportunities to just stop and look at the magnificent
This is one of the most popular trail in the Mt. Rainier National Park, so it is
well defined and quite broad in most places until you reach the saddle. There are
marmots and pikas along the trail and it is common to see them.
In early summer, there will most likely be snow on the trail from time to time, but
because the hike is so popular, the trail will be well defined through the occasional
At the 1.2 mile mark, you will reach a saddle that divides Pinnacle Peak on your left from
Plummer Peak on your right. This hike description is for Plummer Peak.
There is not an official trail from this saddle to the summit of Plummer Peak, and so
many hikers have found ways up the mountain that there are many user trails to choose
I encourage you to follow the route that begins on the right side of the saddle
and winds its way through small trees until it crosses an open area with world class
views. Once you begin ascending the ridge line toward the summit of Plummer Peak,
a good user trail becomes obvious and so just follow it to the top.
Mt. Rainier from the Pinnacle Peak trail