Shriner Peak Lookout Trail

HARD 19 reviews
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Shriner Peak Lookout Trail is a 7.6 mile lightly 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 walking and is best used from June until September.

DISTANCE
7.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3343 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

snow

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.

hiking
1 month ago

Did this hike on Sunday 10/15. Took about 3hrs up (with a couple nice breaks) and 2 hours down. Fall colors are very nice, snow starts about halfway up the trail and it’s probably a few feet at the top. However, the trail is packed down pretty good. I didn’t use spikes but saw other people did. Tremendous views at the top of Rainier, Adams, and Helens.

hiking
2 months ago

Friend and I did this, we're not avid hikers but are pretty active in our lifestyles, and this was a toughy but well worth it. We had to try to beat the incoming storm so we had hustled up to the first ridge, took about 1h30m, i'm not sure exactly how far but thats where we turned around, seemed like we were maybe halfway in(based on the map) so but the storm turned us around, we jogged down which took 45 min, so all in all 2h15m - 2.5h. great views even half way up with a good obvious ridge/peak you can turn around at, good difficulty, but either have plenty of time to get up and down or be ready physically. besides the rain we didn't have any other weather difficulties, no snow, trail was mostly dust/dirt. nothing too sketchy, just steep the whole way.

hiking
4 months ago

Tough climb but well worth it. I made the hike in late July. I started a little after 6:00 am and made it to the top by 10:30. My first hike in Rainier, had not seen it yet. A little past halfway up, you turn a corner and there it is. A rocky outcrop with an excellent view made for a nice snack and break spot. A beautiful panoramic view at the top. The fire tower makes for a nice place to eat a little and take it all in. Only ran into 2 other solo hikers and two sets of couples on the way down. A pretty smooth trail though.

hiking
4 months ago

Amazing summit views with some nice secluded camping sites. The mosquitos were murder though and the smoke from Canada meant we couldn't really see Mount Rainier well until the sun set behind it.

backpacking
5 months ago

A challenging yet rewarding hike. Uphill nearly the entire way but beautiful views of Rainier at several turns in the trail and peaceful solitude at the top. The fog rolled in as we made it to the fire lookout but on clear day the deck of the lookout would make a great spot to sit, eat lunch, and gaze at Rainier across the valley. We stayed overnight in the camper area (I think there were five spots plus bear poles to stow away food). I was hoping to get some shots of the Milky Way during the night but the clouds stuck around. All-around awesome hike for views, wildflowers, and peace and quiet!

hiking
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

This trail is definitely a leg burner, but the reward was well worth it. The weather was perfect when I did this hike in early August. It starts going up immediately and pretty much stays on an uphill pitch the entire way. The views were amazing, and when I got to the lookout tower, it was up there by myself and just relaxed and enjoyed the magnificent views. Mt. Rainier is right there.

hiking
Saturday, July 30, 2016

A difficult hike but so rewarding. Definitely start early. The trail gets hot around noon. The views are incredible & the lookout cabin is so cool. Well maintained trail. Great for those looking for solitude.

hiking
Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Not an easy trail, but so worth it in the end. Most of the snow has melted, so it is easy to stay on the trail all the way up. Make sure to bring lots of sunscreen and bug spray!!

Sunday, December 13, 2015

As it says difficult hike, but very nice scenery. Lots of photo opps if you like nature's wonders. It takes a few hours to get up if you take few breaks and have lunch, which I did. For the prize you get a great view of Mt Reiner. Bring some bear spray just in case. It seems almost too quiet at times.

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

absolutely amazing hike. You must pay the price however to reap the rewards! trail is not too bad for the first 3/4. Prepare for snow! I however didn't and have several cuts on my ankles and calves due to the knee deep snow.trail is difficult to find in the snow on the way up and some courage is needed to trust your instincts and just continue upward.So glad I did the views from the peak were glorious.I encountered some scat as well as bones of the side of the trail.only reason I mention this is I had the feeling I was being watch along with stretches odd trail where wildlife went silent and would catch heavy heavy scents of strong musky odors.may have just been elk bedding down out of the mid day heat.absolutely punishing hike but so worth it.great training for my summer ahead!!! here I come Mt. St. Helens,Mt.Adams, Mt. Baker, and last but certainly not least that looming giant Mt. Rainer!!!

hiking
Monday, May 04, 2015

05/03/15 Sunday - This hike starts out steep from the beginning and doesn't let up. It's a difficult trail, but rewarding. Mt Rainier is hidden until you round one corner half-way up, and then it's right in your face. There's a great area to sit and enjoy the view soon afterwards, so you could turn around at that point and be satisfied, or continue on to a greater reward. Right now there is a LOT of snow once you hit the basin (4+ feet). Because very few people have made the trek this season (Maybe two) the trail is hidden. Following footsteps is not reliable and I was completely lost on several occasions when footprints simply stopped with no indication of where to go. I did a lot of bushwhacking to finally make it to the other side. Tree wells are everywhere and I ended up to my knees in snow several times. It was pretty exhausting. If I didn't have my downloaded map from AllTrails with my iPhone's GPS showing the way, I would have been in trouble. Take waterproof boots, microspikes and gaiters. Finally finding the top was a relief. I passed two hikers on the way up who didn't make it to the top, and met one other hiker who was at the lookout. He also got lost but made his own trail around the back somehow. He soon left and I had the place to myself. Stunning views of Mt Adams, Rainier and St Helens in the distance. Overall it was an extremely difficult hike, but well worth it.

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