Norse Peak Trail

HARD 26 reviews

Norse Peak Trail is a 9.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Enumclaw, Washington that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
9.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,936 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

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horseback riding

mountain biking

snowshoeing

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forest

views

wildlife

muddy

snow

From Puyallup, east 47 miles on State Highway 410 to Crystal Mountain Road (Forest Service Road 7190). Turn left and drive 4 miles to Forest Service Road 7190-410. Parking is on the right side of Crystal Mountain Road (Forest Service Road 7190); the signed trailhead is several hundred yards up Forest Service Road 7190-410.

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18 days ago

Beautiful hike. Got to the trail around 9:30 am on a clear beautiful day. Visibility was excellent. Trail is a constant climb but in good shape and not too high a grade. The views are spectacular and well worth the effort. Note that there are no water sources on the trail and it is quite exposed in the upper 2/3 due to the fire last year so bring lots of water.

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1 month ago

A sunset hike, started from the car park about 5pm.
Skies were hazy from the recent fires near Greenwater, which made for a red sunset.
Easy to get to the peak.
Still dozens of burned trees across the trail.
Back to the car via headlamps. About 11 miles.

hiking
2 months ago

I wanted to hike this trail last year but it caught fire so this year i had the opportunity to hike through the burn. Sad is may seem that all of the pristine forest has been reduced to black burnt-out standing timber, there is an eerie beauty tone seen up. And it’s amazing even after only a few months the forest is starting to regenerate! So glad I took the time to hike this trail!

3 months ago

Loved it! Went on a hot Sunday and got roasted, but it was very quiet and peaceful. The contrast between the burnt forest and new life is wonderful, and the summit is well worth the trek

hiking
3 months ago

Only a little bit of snow on the trail, lots of fallen/burned trees to cross.
Getting to the peak is a little tricky on the snow and mud. Use a pole.
Snow storm near the top. Enjoyed it.

hiking
3 months ago

Awesome hike! Ended up at 9.2 miles round trip. You can definitely see life teeming through the burned wreckage! Great views at the top make it so amazing! Partly cloudy for us and did get socked in at the top at the end of our lunch and it dropped in temperature sooooo fast! We were prepared with layers but wow, it got so cold! Our hands were ice! We quickly headed down and it warmed up quickly in lower elevation. I’d love to see it on a full sun day! No water on the trail. Passed three hikers total. Nothing experty or necessarily difficult. Brought spikes and poles and used them for one really good snow patch at the top that was super steep. Other than that, snow isn’t a big deal but not sure if you could make it without the spikes - it would definitely make it challenging and slippery! We relied heavily on our GPS on this app, as the trail can be hard to follow. Got chatting at one point and went out of the way and off the trail so watch the GPS!

3 months ago

Nice trail. Due to snow drifts and the fire it can be easy to lose the trail at times especially towards the top. The view is definitely worth the effort.

hiking
4 months ago

My original goal was to hike Crystal Peak, but confirmed that the Mt Rainier National Park is still closed and the trailhead to Crystal Peak is a few miles into the park. So, I found the Norse Peak trail using the mobile app and decided to give it a try. It's rated as "Difficult", but there's nothing technical about it. You will hit snow at one point, but if you have microspikes and sticks you'll be fine. You'll hike right through the area devastated by last September's fire, but the good news is that it opens the trail up to the views and makes navigation much easier. The scene from the top is pretty amazing. I actually met Tyler (see his review below) at the summit and we talked for a bit. You can definitely see six peaks from the summit (Rainier, Adams, St Helens, Glacier, Baker, Hood), but Adams and Rainier are the only obvious ones. You'll have trouble recognizing any others. I posted some photos with markers so you can know where to look.

hiking
4 months ago

I started the day wanting to do a loop to goat lake, basin lake, crown point and norse peak. Well due to the forest fire last year most of the trail above the switchbacks is washed out. After spending an hour trying to turn left at the top to go to goat lake I gave up and tried to follow the "trail" on my gps to get to basin lake. That was impassable as well. I eventually settled for a mostly off-trail walk up to norse peak. Traction devices needed above 5700ft, but I suspect by the end of the weekend you could get a few hundred feet higher without them. There were still areas with 3 feet of snow on the way to the top but snowshoes werent needed. The views at the top were stunning though.

7 months ago

Did this trail again for the second weekend in a row. While it was once again great, we were wondering why we were the only ones on it two weekends in a row. As we were leaving, we noticed a small sign off to the side of the trail saying the trail was closed until December 31, 2018!

7 months ago

Didn’t realize we were on this particular trail until we came up to the sign on the trail saying Norse Peak. We only went part way and turned around. We were in snowshoes and brought the dog with us. Great scenery and great workout! Tons of snow when we were on it over the weekend, however there was a warming trend so not sure what the conditions are now.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Tough hike but well worth it beautiful meadows

Monday, August 03, 2015

Definitely a rewarding and beautiful hike. Getting to the lake we had to home through Bullion Basin trail to Norse Peak and then take the pct to the cutoff for Basin Lake on the right. It's a steady climb to the top so with enough time, anyone could get into this lake. We backpacked in and stayed for the night. Fishing was decent with 10 inches being the biggest we caught. The best camp site is on the far end of the lake so make the walk around. Animals (elk, goats and foxes) were abundant and provided some entertainment on the way in and out. Take your camera cause it's definitely scenic. Happy hiking.

hiking
Sunday, January 04, 2015

Long but beautiful hike. Made it to the peak and got to see some white goats. The view from the top was worth the hike. I might consider backpacking if I do this one again and spend more time hiking down to the lake.

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