Northwest Hiker                   
Mt. Rainier National Park
Plummer Peak Hike
A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS
MOVE MOUSE OVER TO VIEW QUICK-LINK MAP
CLICK ON ANY HIKE ICON TO JUMP TO THAT HIKE

 ( CLICK HERE FOR THE MT RAINIER HIKE SELECTION MAP ) 
Click to view product details
THE FOLLOWING MAP IS NOT TO BE USED FOR NAVIGATIONAL PURPOSES.
Map of the Plummer Peak Hike

Length: 3.2 mile In and Out
Elevation Change: 1463' cumulative elevation gain
Season: Summer thru Fall
Difficulty:   Difficult
Permit:
National Park Pass Required
GPS:   N46 7.683, W122 7.310
Latitude:   46.7683
Longitude:   -121.7310



Click for Topo

Click for Profile

Click for Slide

Features:

Here is another world class hikes in the Mt. Rainier National Park. The trail begins in the parking area of the very popular Reflection Lakes, so finding a place to park might be a challenge. An early arrival will help a lot.

This hike involves a long steady climb on a rather steep trail to the saddle that separates Pinnacle Peak from Plummer Peak. During the summer, the trail is surrounded by gorgeous wildflowers nearly at every step. Even though while climbing, Mt. Rainier is behind you, there are numerous opportunities to just stop and look at the magnificent mountain.

This is one of the most popular trail in the Mt. Rainier National Park, so it is well defined and quite broad in most places until you reach the saddle. There are marmots and pikas along the trail and it is common to see them.

In early summer, there will most likely be snow on the trail from time to time, but because the hike is so popular, the trail will be well defined through the occasional snow drift.

At the 1.2 mile mark, you will reach a saddle that divides Pinnacle Peak on your left from Plummer Peak on your right. This hike description is for Plummer Peak. There is not an official trail from this saddle to the summit of Plummer Peak, and so many hikers have found ways up the mountain that there are many user trails to choose from.



I encourage you to follow the route that begins on the right side of the saddle and winds its way through small trees until it crosses an open area with world class views. Once you begin ascending the ridge line toward the summit of Plummer Peak, a good user trail becomes obvious and so just follow it to the top.


Mt. Rainier from the Pinnacle Peak trail



How to get there:



The trailhead for the Plummer Peak hike is the same as for the Pinnacle Peak hike. The trail begins across the road from the Reflection Lake parking area.


Hike Difficulty Calculator

Calorie Burn Calculator

The 10 Essentials
Bear Encounters

Cougar Encounters

River Crossing Safety


NW Hiker is now available in APP for your iPhone and iPad.  It is available for download at the Apple APP Store. Click on this banner for more details. NW Hiker is now available in APP for your Android.  It is available for download at the Google APP Store. Click on this banner for more details.
dy>