Shriner Peak Lookout Trail is a 7.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Randle, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from June until September.

Distance: 7.5 miles Elevation Gain: 3,356 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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forest

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wild flowers

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no dogs

From Puyallup, 56 miles on Highway 410 to Highway 123. Turn right (south) and drive 7.5 miles to the trailhead on the left side of the road.

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blowdown
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3 days ago

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snow
5 days ago

This hike kicked my a**. The hike to the viewpoint, about 2 miles, was very steep but no snow. The view of Rainier and surrounding area was fantastic. Then there was the last mile which was covered in snow. I followed the tracks in the snow which was off the trail, but had faith they were heading to top. The hike turned into a tough slog through the snow. I did it without poles or gaiters which would have been so helpful. Finally made it to the top and was rewarded with great views. The hike was supposed to be 7.5 miles, but ended up being 12 with the snow route. Highly recommended!

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snow
9 days ago

Last 900 feet to the summit is a fortress of soft melting snow. It could be done with the right equipment but be prepared to add hours to your hike. Beautiful hike otherwise though. It’s 100% worth it just for the viewpoint alone

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icy
snow
9 days ago

One or two fallen trees blocking the path within the first mile and a half. Excellent view of Rainier from the lookout. Tons of snow near the top, very fun to glissade down, not so fun to attempt to post hole your way up. Ended up turning back early, definitely bring snow shoes and sun screen if you want to make it all the way, the last mile is totally disappeared under the snow.

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11 days ago

Hard but beautiful. Made it to about a half-mile from the top, where there was huge snowfields you would need poles to go up atleast. The trail was rough and hidden with snow at some points, but just follow the tracks and you’ll be good to go. Stunning views, even right below the viewpoint.

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icy
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11 days ago

You can reach the view point encountering small patches of snow but to reach the fire lookout you’ll have to hike about a mile up a snowfield. The footpath in the snow might not follow the trail exactly. Deep snow, slippery and steep. Bring gaiters, spikes, poles, sunblock and something to slide down the slopes if you wanna have a little fun.

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1 month ago

Is this open?

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1 month ago

The colors are amazing, the wildflowers are so pretty around July/August

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6 months ago

Hiked on 11-1-19. Trail was in great shape. Hit a little snow in the shady parts toward the top but easily possible. Didn’t need the spikes. Great workout - constant up. Beautiful views from the top! Adams, St Helens, Hood, Rainier...all visible. Gorgeous panorama!

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6 months ago

Good

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8 months ago

Well maintained trail. Not difficult but just an uphill slog the entire way up. Easily doable in under 5 hrs total. Snow is starting to stick so it won’t be too long before it’s closed for the season

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8 months ago

Absolutely breathtaking views of Rainier, St. Helens, Adams, and tip of Hood on a clear day! This trail does not have many switch backs but rather longer inclined passes, with the occasional leveling of the ground. There will be a point where the trail gets a little more rocky and opens up, which is deceiving because at that point you will still have about a mile/mile and half to get to the actual lookout tower. From this point on you are also accompanied by views of rainier! Not too difficult, as many have said it is just a long, perpetual incline. Was a little paranoid about bears, did see some animal scat and prints, but again like others have said we did not actually see any wildlife besides birds and chipmunks. Nonetheless, be aware of your surroundings and try to make yourself known if any bear is listening! Did this hike on a Saturday 9/21/19 at 6:40am and the only people we encountered were the rangers that stayed overnight at the top - there were five or more groups that we encountered on our way down though. Side note - if you’re planning on staying in the lookout tower, just know that rangers or workers of the parks are the only ones allowed to overnight and they will lock up the tower once they leave. However, there are a couple campsites for public use at the top. I would definitely recommend this one for a clear day, because it’s less populated and the views are just stunning.

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muddy
8 months ago

Not a good for catching a glimpse of the main mountain at any of the vistas.

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10 months ago

So, I happened to hit it on a cloud day... but the clouds did clear a bit from time to time, and when they did I glimpsed some absolutely stunning vistas. It's been said below, but it really is a relentlessly uphill hike--but that said, it's not a difficult hike--anyone with the ability to persevere upwards could do this one. However, it did test my perseverance. Along with the lookout, there is a primitive toilet at the top, which was nice (and a campsite area.) It is definitely lightly trafficked (I spent 6 hours on the trail/at the lookout, and saw a total of 5 other people... and this was on a Saturday in July... only a few miles from Paradise--which was surely packed.) It actually almost maxed me out on the quiet... so I recommend bringing a friend. ;-) Although, it's also understandable that it's lightly trafficked, in that parking is very limited, and the trail is a legit perseverance test-- It's for hikers, not for tourist. I saw plenty of Bear scat --it wasn't too fresh, but they are definitely in the neighborhood, so that's something to be aware of -- be safe! I love the fire lookouts, and despite the clouds this one didn't disappoint. Just make sure to be prepared for the uphill, the possible bear neighbors, the quiet, and (while this wasn't a problem for me due to the clouds) lots of the upper portion is in the sun, so I'd say that lots of water and sunscreen are also in order. Enjoy!

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10 months ago

Amazing view—BRING bug spray!!!

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no shade
10 months ago

Amazing view, exhausting hike that would be doable for most. Could see Mt Adams and even Mt Hood with my binoculars from the lookout. Definitely bring a lot of water and wear sunscreen and bug spray. Poles help. All the snow was gone.

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bugs
11 months ago

Just hiked this on July 5. Great hike! The sign at the trailhead says that it is 8 miles round trip, but my watch clocked it in as 4.5 miles each direction. It has a steady incline pretty much the whole way, but very few areas were overly steep. There was no snow on the trail, but there were some small patches of snow off the sides of the trail once we got to around 3800 feet in elevation. I personally would rate this trail somewhere between moderate and hard. The first 2.5ish miles are pretty uneventful as you're just trying to gain elevation, but the forest you walk through is green, smells good, and offers shade on sunny days. It is really quiet as you are walking through the forest, so if you decide to take your time, it isn't too bad to soak in. At around the 2.5-2.75 mile mark, there are some gorgeous views of the valley below, Mt. Rainier, and other peaks within the park. There's a small area where you can move off the normal trail to hang out, snap some pictures, and picnic if you're into that sorta thing. At this point you could turn around and head back because the views are stunning, but I highly recommend going to the summit- it is worth it. After the aforementioned lookout area, the trail has some up some ups and downs and winds around for about another 1/2mile -1 mile. It does get kind of buggy at this point, so bring bug spray if you have it. The last mile-ish to the summit is the most difficult. You gain quite a bit of elevation (roughly 1300 feet), but the trail is mostly switchbacks during the toughest part so it is definitely doable. Once you get to the top, there is a Ranger station that you can climb the steps of where you gain a 360 degree vantage point at the top of the summit. The views from the top are definitely worth the trip. Rainier is always stunning, and there are many other peaks, valleys, rivers, and rock formations you can see at well. The top does have a camping area if you want to hike up and spend the night in a tent or a hammock. Overall, it took a buddy, my wife, and me about 2.5 hours to reach the summit with many photo ops and breaks to just enjoy the day. It took us about 1.5 hours to make our way back down to the trailhead from the summit. There's stunning views and lots of little critters such as chipmunks, squirrels, and rabbits. This was a fun hike with no technical hiking required to reach the top!

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11 months ago

Difficult hike with a constant grade with no real flat parts or reprieve. We were in the clouds at the top so now views but it was still a wonderful hike! Not much parking so you have to park on the side of the road. It’s wasn’t heavily trafficked when we went so parking wasn’t a problem. Also, a sign said that break ins are common so don’t leave valuables in the car. But we had no issues.

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11 months ago

Steady hike up to a historic fire lookout. Beargrass everywhere. It was a misty day and didnt see any view.

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snow
11 months ago

beautiful views! snow on trail, however no snow gear required. enjoy!

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snow
11 months ago

Fun trail but towards the end of the trail the trail kept splitting off in the snow which led to some confusion. Also watch for wildlife, me and partner defiently felt like we were being watched after seeing scat, smell of fresh poop and lots of weird noises in the woods.

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