7.11.16 Hike of the Week: Pinnacle Saddle | Visit Rainier

7.11.16 Hike of the Week: Pinnacle Saddle

Area: Stevens Canyon
Hike Type: Mountain views Pass: Natl. Park Pass
Distance: 2.6 mi RT  Duration: 2.5 hrs Difficulty Level: Moderate
Snow-Free: July – Oct High Point:  5,960 ft Elevation Gain: 1,100 ft

Features: kid-friendly, wildflowers, alpine views, excellent view of Paradise

Hike a short but down-to-business trail to a gap high in the craggy Tatoosh Range.  Then enjoy the finest view of Paradise to be had from anywhere in the park. Pick out the Paradise Lodge in the parkland meadows. Watch climbers head up the Muir Snowfield. Trace the massive Nisqually Glacier from Rainier’s summit all the way to the fringes of Paradise. Marvel at the Reflection Lakes twinkling below—then savor sweeping views south to the Cowlitz Valley and beyond.

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