This hike has lots of sun exposure so we need to get an early start to beat the heat! Bring plenty of water.
Total Miles: 8.5
Total Elevation Gain: 3434 Feet
No Pass required
Please contribute $10 gas money to your driver.
If we have a clear day the views of Mount Rainier will take your breath away!
The old lookout cabin that served decades as guard against wildfires still stands atop Shiner Peak, though now it's a historic reminder of a bygone era. So Shriner's summit tower serves only as a hikers' rest area with glorious views of the eastern reaches of Mount Rainier National Park, as well as the western peaks of the William O. Douglas Wilderness Area to the east. The trail is long and steep, but the views from the end are worth any effort to get there.
Much of this route is exposed, and since it faces south-southwest, it gets the full force of the solar heating. In other words, this hike can be a cooker during midsummer. Best bet is to start early, since the worst of the heating occurs in the afternoon.
The trail angles upward away from the road, cutting south along the lower flank of Shriner Peak before curving to the east at around 0.75 mile. Another mile-long climbing traverse leads to a short series of switchbacks. By this point, you've left the forest and entered first an old burned area--the silver snags and young new trees provide no shade--then venture up into the world of wildflower meadows.
At 2.5 miles, the trail crests a ridge leading up the south face of the peak. From here, you climb north into increasingly clear and spectacular views. Another 0.75 mile of climbing leads to a vantage point high above Shriner Lake. You can peer down into the blue pool far below before pushing on up the dusty trail for the final mile to the 5834-foot summit and its fantastic panoramas.
Note: We are not guides. We are just going for a hike and inviting others to join us for fun. We are not responsible for your safety or getting you to the destination. You need to be aware of your physical abilities and bring the proper equipment. We hike at our own speed which may be slower or faster than yours - we do not require the group to stay together. We will provide detailed description/map of the trail.
Link to Trail description from WTA: http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/shriner-peak?searchterm=shriner+
Driving Directions: From Enumclaw, drive east about 47 miles on State Route 410 to the junction with SR 123 at Cayuse Pass. Stay right (straight ahead) to merge onto SR 123-Cayuse Pass Highway. Find the trailhead parking area on the right about 7.5 miles south of that junction. Park on the right (west) side of the highway and find the trailhead on the east side of the road.
From Ohanapecosh, drive north about 11.5 miles on SR 123 to the parking area on the left (west) and the trailhead on the right (east).