Photo by theyogiclimber
|Best months for climbing:||Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct|
|Nearest major airport:||Seattle-Tacoma|
Thanks to theyogiclimber for adding this peak.
Eagle Peak is located in the southwest corner Mount Rainier National Park. It is situated at the western extreme of the Tatoosh Range and is part thereof. The most common view of Eagle Peak is from the one-way loop road to Ricksecker Point where its rugged cliffs are displayed. The north and east faces of Eagle Peak feature dangerous rocky cliffs, whereas the south and west slopes are covered by virgin forest and meadows. This peak was originally known as Sim-layshe, a Native American word for eagle. When the Longmire family settled nearby, George Longmire anglicized the name to Eagle Peak. The peak is typically ascended as a day hike of about 8 miles round-trip and 3000+ feet of elevation gain using the Eagle Peak Trail.
The well-maintained Eagle Peak trail starts alongside the Nisqually River immediately after crossing the one lane suspension bridge behind the Longmire ranger station. There is space for two cars to park here, or if full drive a little further down the road where more parking is available at the Community Building. For the first two miles the good trail ascends and switchbacks through virgin forest to a wooden footbridge crossing of a small stream (last dependable water) at about 4300 feet elevation, then continues another mile to a steep flower-covered meadow (5000 ft) below cliffs of Chutla Peak. The trail becomes steeper and rockier as it climbs the final half mile to the 5700 foot Eagle-Chutla saddle where the trail ends. These alpine meadows are covered with thousands of wildflowers and berries. In season enjoy the lupine, Indian paintbrush, aster, two varieties of lilies, western columbine, heather, beargrass, and much more. Hikers will want to stop at the saddle because the final 200 feet of climbing to reach the summit involves some dangerous exposed scrambling. Fatalities have occurred in the past on Eagle Peak. For experienced climbers, stay on a climber's path as it bears to the left (north) from the saddle. Stay to the left (west) side as the path loses some elevation before the final exposed scramble on firm andesite rock to the summit. From the summit one has a big view of Mount Rainier and several tall waterfalls on its south slopes. Looking east one has a view of the other peaks along the Tatoosh Traverse including Chutla, Wahpenayo, Lane, Denman, Plummer, Pinnacle, Castle, and Unicorn.
Thanks to theyogiclimber for this description.