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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.

Length 7.5 mi Elevation gain 3,356 ft Route type Out & Back

Hiking

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Snow

No dogs

Waypoints (2)
Facilities
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Getting There
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    Viewpoint

    46.80213, -121.54029

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    trail issue

    trail needs repair.

    46.80729, -121.53148

A National Parks Pass is required to enter the park

Mount Rainier National Park White River Wilderness Information Center 70004 Highway 410 East Enumclaw, WA98022, Tel: 360.569.6030

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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Reviews (121)
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Recordings (88)
Completed (218)
Thomas Trygsland
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HikingOff trailSnow

Shriner Peak Lookout Thursday, July 2nd This summit is touted as one of the best panos in MRNP, and it did not disappoint- even with just a cameo appearance of the showstopper; Rainier. Other views to gasp for. The trail is a smooth steady climb until about the 5000’ snow level. Route finding skills were essential and we were grateful we had redundant GPS (AllTrails/GAIA). AND we were thrilled to swing our bran spank’n new ice axes , although you prob could live without them. ... depending on how you like to live. Spikes or Yaks mandatory on this pitch. Blessed with perfect weather, we were pleasantly surprised we only encountered three other hikers who were descending in defeat; daunted by the snow. The lookout’s untethered 5-star seating provides exceptional al fresco dining. Don’t forget the corkscrew. bon appétit !!

Paul Herrmann
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HikingIcySnow

Amazing views once you get to the first viewpoint. First half of the hike is through the trees but then begins to open up at the viewpoint with great views of Mount Rainier. We had a mostly cloud free day and the views were amazing. Lots of flowers, berry plants and we even saw a mother grouse with two babies near the top. The trail is in good shape except for one fallen tree and a section through the snow where is was a little difficult to find the trail, but following others footstep prints as well as the All Trails map we downloaded kept us from getting lost. It took us 6.5 hours with quite a few stops. Highly recommended hike.

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Dan Stavins
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HikingOff trailSnow

This is a great hike overall! As of today, 1/2 mile past the first lookout there’s packed snow on the trail and you have to do a bit of trail finding. Trekking poles are helpful but you don’t need any other special gear. It was definitely hot and you should bring lots of water. The summit view was beyond incredible - Mt Rainier was a bit obscured by some clouds but that didn’t take away from an unreal 360 degree panorama!

Louisa Holmi
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HikingSnow

If you hike this on a bluebird day, you are in for a treat. The first ~2 miles are a relatively boring walk through the woods- not many wildflowers, no fun stream crossings, no views. Once it starts to open up, the flowers are blooming and the ground is covered by strawberry plants at lower elevations then by blueberries higher up. In a few weeks there will be plenty to snack on. Shortly after the first good viewpoint, the snowfields begin. These are quite easy to follow but be careful post-holing into a stream beneath the snow. When weaving through the rock section, keep an eye out for pikas- I saw one for the first time and it was right next to the trail! Soon after this, the more problematic snow begins. A couple told us to bear to the right when we saw 2 bootpacks...they were wrong. We attempted some route-finding but really just walked through the snowy forest in the general direction of "up" and hoped we would eventually hit the trail. We finally did, but it was an unnecessary detour. On the way down, we placed wood in the snow to point in the correct direction. Follow the footsteps to the left and although it doesn't look right, it is. You'll traverse some snow but end up back on the trail soon enough. The snow is pretty soft at this point. We brought traction and put it on going down, but it doesn't really help. Bring poles if that's your thing. Once you're past this snowfield, all you have left is some switchbacks with a stunning view of Rainier the entire way. This is one of the rare hikes where the top sneaks up on you. Usually I'm convinced I'm close to the top when I'm really another 30 minutes away. The fire lookout was occupied on 7/4. We shared the top with a few other groups and watched clouds lazily pass in front of Rainier, never giving us a clear view. There is a privy (with no privacy) available at the top of this hike, down the snowfield towards the campsite. Great hike with beautiful 360 views and not much of a crowd on a holiday weekend.

Thomas Trygsland
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HikingOff trailSnow
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Beatriz Dsoto
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HikingIcyOff trailScrambleSnow

I still gave this trail a 4 star because It’s a great trail with breathtaking views but I don’t recommend this hike on a hot day and this time of the year unless you have trekking poles, microspikes , sunscreen and plenty of water but most importantly a map/gps and be prepared for some route finding because the trail to the lookout just 1/4 mile past the first viewpoint is pretty much non existent -I spent a good 30 minutes on the snow field trying to get back on the trail and it was scorching hot ; by the time I found it I was super low on water . I kept going up only to realize that the last 500 feet or so to the lookout was very steep and covered in snow so I had to do more route finding. I threw out the towel at this point because by now I had ran out of water -thankfully I had my water filter and I had spotted a creek running under the snow and was able to replenish . I’d suggest waiting another month or so for the trail to be snow free all the way to the lookout

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AllTrails User
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HikingSnow

Trail was in perfect conditions all the way to the first view of Mt Rainier from the rock lookout at 2.5 miles. After hiking a sort distance - maybe 1/4 mile - we ran into snow covering the trail and turned around. There is one blowdown not too far from the trailhead that you have to go over - no way to walk around - that can be a bit troublesome.

Taylor B
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HikingOff trailScrambleSnow

Steep, difficult incline from the beginning. Tons of snow after first 2.5 miles. Off trail route following footprints in the snow which was a steep incline and very slippery. Did a little glissading on the way down but could have definitely used more snow equipment. The Lookout is a very cool sight to see but the clouds skewed our view of Mt Rainier.

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Retiever G
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HikingBlowdownSnow
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John Kirchner
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HikingIcyMuddyOff trailSnow

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!

Mickey Toth
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HikingSnow

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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Amy Jie
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HikingIcySnow

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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Alana Christenson
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HikingIcyMuddySnow

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.

Kitana Kalon
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HikingIcySnow

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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