"Mount Rainier" by NPS/Emily Brouwer Photo , public domain
Mount Rainier Trails
Brochure of Eagle Peak Trails at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).
Mount Rainier National Park National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior To Pa ra di se Eagle Peak Saddle Longmire ally qu Nis To Nisqually Entrance Do not feed or approach wildlife. Pets and bicycles are not allowed on park trails. Do not pick flowers or collect other park resources (rocks, wood, etc.). Carry the “10 Essentials” and Leave No Trace of your visit. Use a topographical map. Permit required for wilderness camping. Trail Description Eagle Peak Trail Community Building Riv er Parking Suspension Bridge Eagle Peak Trail climbs through old growth forest and steep mountainsides of subalpine vegetation. The maintained trail ends at the Eagle Peak saddle, on the crest of the Tatoosh Range, offering spectacular views of Mount Rainier and the Tatoosh crest. A challenging, unmaintained route leads to the actual summit of Eagle Peak. Eagle Peak was originally known as Simlayshe, a Native American word for eagle. When the Longmire family settled nearby, George Longmire anglicized its name to Eagle Peak. Round-trip Distance: 7.2 miles (11.6 km) Elevation Gain: 2,955 feet (901 m) Hiking time round-trip: 5 hours Difficulty Level: Strenuous Trailhead: Walk (or drive) past the Longmire plaza and follow the main road through the employee housing area. Cross the wooden suspension bridge over the Nisqually River. Follow the road another 250 feet (76 m), and look for the trailhead Along the Trail Most of the trail lies in virgin forest where hikers can enjoy the beauty of tall timber and look for wildlife among the tree branches and in the forest understory. on the left. Parking is available at the Community Building, a short distance beyond the trailhead. Beware: this is not an early season hike due to steep snow slopes. Use extreme caution beyond the maintained trail, particularly when dangerous snow slopes and cornices exist along the ridge crest. In summer, lush subalpine flower fields surround the last 0.5 mile (0.8 km) of trail. Panoramic views await the hearty hiker who reaches Eagle Peak’s saddle! 12/18 E X P E R I E N C E Y O U R A M E R I C A www.nps.gov/mora