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Plummer Peak via Pinnacle Peak Trail [CLOSED]

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Mount Rainier National Park

Plummer Peak via Pinnacle Peak Trail [CLOSED] is a 3.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Paradise Inn, Washington that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and running.

Distance: 3.2 miles Elevation Gain: 1,443 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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running

forest

views

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snow

closed

no dogs

As of May 2020, trails accessed from the Nisqually entrance remains closed. Please check out the park page for more information.

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icy
snow
18 days ago

Paradise road is already opened as well as this trail. But keep in mind that it is covered with snow from the very beginning. We decided not to go as it was too late in the evening to complete the whole trail. The Reflection Lakes are also covered with ice.

hiking
1 month ago

Still closed!

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muddy
off trail
rocky
scramble
9 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

Absolutely stunning on top of plummer peak. Elevation gain was hard, not on my legs but breathing. Took lots of breaks. Left my 2.5 y/o with grandparents at camp. Wouldn’t recommend kids under 8. Not a covered trail, don’t forget sunblock. A great spot to hike up to then have lunch!

hiking
10 months ago

Great hike on a clear day! We could see for miles! The main trail to the saddle was very easy to follow and quite wide, the unmaintained trail up to Plummer was also easy to follow but was narrow and did require scrambling and careful foot placement at times. We saw elderly folks, kids and families - so it seems to be well liked / doable by all ages. We did the roundtrip in about 1.5 hours with a long rest and photo stop at the top. Aside from the 360 panorama, we saw plenty of pikas, marmots and birds! Would do this hike everyday if possible!

hiking
10 months ago

Steep but many great views on the way up. Mt Rainer up close & Mt Adams in the distance from the top. Sunset shots are amazing. Many phototogs perched to capture.

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bugs
off trail
10 months ago

One of my favorite hikes! If you catch it on a completely clear day, you can see Rainier, Mt. Adams, Mt. St. Helens, and Mt. Hood all from one 360-degree view. Incredible! Still some snow on the ground (though not on the trail directly) in August. Also saw butterflies and a marmot! Lots of flies, though, a few of which bit me. Didn't think it deserved the "hard" label, as it's not particularly long and there is plenty of respite on the incline. You do go off the "maintained" trail at the saddle to head toward Plummer Peak, but the "unmaintained" trail is well worn here, easy to follow if you're up for exploration. My GPS logged the round-trip at 4 miles. Took me about 2.25 hours, not counting about a 20-minute break at the top.

hiking
11 months ago

Honestly, in regards to views, this has got to be one of the best payoffs for how short the hike is. Reflection lake had about 100 people, but when we stepped onto the trail we left them all behind. Only saw 4 other people come and go at the summit. Elevation gain wasn't all that difficult. Tons of mosquitoes in mid-July; you will suffer if you don't bring bug spray. Views of Rainier, Adams, St Helens, and the Tatoosh range were incredible at sunset. Highly recommend, but almost want to keep this hike a secret as most people haven't heard of it.

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bugs
Mon May 06 2019

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Mon Oct 22 2018

Amazing views and had it all to myself!

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Wed Sep 26 2018

This trail isn't getting the love it deserves! Went in late June on a partly cloudy today. The views from the top were stunning, especially once the clouds around Rainier cleared. You could see Mt. Hood in the distance if you looked really close as well as Mt. St. Helens. Easily assessable just past the Pinnacle Saddle, but is a bit of a scramble at the top. If you go in June there is still enough snow at the top to slide back down the summit to near the saddle!

hiking
Mon Sep 03 2018

Amazing views of the entire cascades on a clear day. We were able to see Unicorn Peak, Mt Adam, Mt Hood and Mt Saint Helen - not to mention the incredible view of Rainier behind that! We barely ran into anyone

Sat Jul 14 2018

My first ever Real hike

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