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Pinnacle Peak Saddle Trail [CLOSED] is a 2.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Paradise Inn, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from May until October.

Length 2.4 mi Elevation gain 1,056 ft Route type Out & Back

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Rocky

Closed

No dogs

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Getting There

Note: As of May 2020, trails accessed from the Nisqually entrance remains closed. The main entrance of the mount rainier national park is closed. The east side entrance is open however the actual road leading up to the trail once you are in the park is closed. Please check out the park page for more information.

A National Parks Pass is required to enter the park

Washington State Tourism, P.O. Box 42500 , Olympia, WA, 98504-2500, Phone: 360-586-2088, tobyg@tourism.wa.gov

Directions from Longmire or Paradise: Drive east on the Stevens Canyon Road to the parking area at Reflection Lakes. The trailhead is on the south side of the road.

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Jenny Lyn Canaria
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Saskia Bogman
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HikingOff trailSnow

Did this trail today, kind of. We realized halfway up that we were following skiers footprints so we ended up at Pinnacle Glacier instead of Pinnacle Saddle. Everything covered in snow, but still doable with just hiking boots. Mount Rainier was covered in clouds, but sliding back down the snow was fun!

Dustin Walker
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HikingRockyScramble

Moderate hike for a middle aged guy. Its short though so only 1 or 2 small breaks were needed. The views were superb, and we stayed at the top for a couple of hours. Saw two black bears foraging the slopes on the other side.

Ross Hill
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HikingSnow

The Park is now open and so is access to this trail! Should be melting out over the next few weeks, but would make for a good snowshoe right now.

Melissa Bart
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Hiking

Main entrance of the mount rainier national park is closed. The east side entrance is open however the actual road leading up to the trail once you are in the park is closed!

Delaney Goodwin
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Dope trail

Amanda Richardson
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Chris Thompson
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11/5/19. Roads to trailhead and/or Reflection Lake parking areas are closed for the season so I had to start from Paradise. This added about 2.2 miles each way to what was supposed to be a scouting hike. I wanted to check out the area so I can return and do the full Castle Traverse Loop. Beautiful bluebird day but the hike itself was pretty boring until you get above the tree line. Which is only the last half mile or so to the saddle. From there the views are excellent on a clear day and I can tell that the full traverse will be a fun adventure. Lots of craggy peaks to climb (if you so choose) or just follow the ridge. Trail was snowy, icy and muddy the whole way at this time if year. Did it with poles and microspikes. I don’t think i would do this hike again until I plan to do the full Traverse Loop though.

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Patrick B
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Incredible views on a clear day, trail is currently snowy and icy in sections. Would recommend poles and foot traction for some sections. From the peak we were able to see Rainier, Mt. Adams, Mt. Hood and Mt. St. Helens.

Nichole Rose
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HikingIcyRockySnow

Great trail with amazing views of Rainier. We picked this one as it was low investment high reward and we weren’t disappointed. The road was closed about a mile off the trailhead - however the walk was a nice warm up. WOULD NOT RECOMMEND WITHOUT FOOT TRACTION. The snow was mostly hard packed but poles would have been nice near the top. A bit of chowdery snow and slippy slides near the end.

Jessica Metcalf
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Heather Gemmer
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The mileage is off by 0.4miles if you’re going up to the peak...but to the saddle this is close to appropriate. This trail is snowy and icy...but absolutely kid and family friendly with the most surreal views. Delightful hike through shaded forests until you get towards the top, so you’ll need those layers! We did it with two children (ages 3 and 5) in 2.5 hours with lots of stops and snacks, etc. We love this hike so dearly!!

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Kam Magee
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HikingMuddyRockySnow

This was an amazing hike. We completed it on Sunday 10.6.19 and the views are absolutely breathtaking! This time of year, there’s snow and ice in certain areas so be prepared! This hike was gorgeous and well worth the terrifying areas covered in ice.

Alana Christenson
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HikingRockySnow

Did this for a second time about a week ago, first day of October! Was snowy here and there on the trail, but nothing good hiking boots and patience can’t fix. Started 5:45am, got to the saddle by 7 to watch the sunrise and it was beautiful. Got back down by 8:30! Not too hard and very pretty. Great views of Rainier.

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