|Best months for climbing:||Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct|
|Nearest major airport:||Seattle-Tacoma|
Thanks to Ronald James for adding this peak.
Chutla Peak is located in Mount Rainier National Park. It is situated at the western end of the Tatoosh Range northwest of Wahpenayo Peak and southeast of Eagle Peak. The most common view of Chutla Peak is from the one-way loop road to Ricksecker Point. Chutla Peak features dangerous rocky cliffs high above slopes which are covered by virgin forest and meadows. Chutla is a native American word for rock. The peak is ascended as a day hike of about 8 miles round-trip and 3000+ feet of elevation gain using the Eagle Peak Trail and commonly climbed together with its neighbor Eagle Peak.
For access to Chutla Peak use the well-maintained Eagle Peak Trail. This 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 300 feet of climbing to reach the summit involves some brief exposed scrambling. For experienced climbers, from the saddle follow a climber's path as it bears to the right and loses some elevation (class 4 rock step) before the route scrambles up Chutla's west ridge to the andesitic summit. From the summit one has a big view of Mount Rainier and several tall waterfalls on its south slopes. Looking around one has a view of the other peaks along the Tatoosh Traverse including Eagle, Wahpenayo, Lane, Denman, Plummer, Pinnacle, Castle, and Unicorn.
Thanks to Ronald James for this description.