Mount Rainier National Park
National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior
To Cayuse Pass /
This trail leads hikers to a historic fire lookout and
spectacular views of Mount Rainier. Subalpine meadows
in summer and huckleberry and vine maple in fall provide
spectacular color to those hiking this strenuous trail.
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.
8.4 miles (13.5 km)
3,434 feet (1047 m)
Trailhead: Drive 3.5 miles (5.6 km) north
of the Stevens Canyon Entrance on
SR 123. The trailhead is located 0.5 mile
(0.8 km) north of the Panther Creek Bridge.
Hiking Time Round-trip:
Along the Trail
Once on top of the ridge, hikers enjoy
commanding views of Mount Rainier, the
Ohanapecosh Valley and the Cascades.
This area also provides the opportunity
to see or hear black bear, elk, coyote,
and mountain goats. For hikers seeking
solitude, this is a good trail choice–
probably because it can be very hot and dry
on a sunny summer afternoon.
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