|Best months for climbing:||Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep|
|Nearest major airport:||Seattle-Tacoma|
Thanks to Ronald James for adding this peak.
Chinook Peak is located along the east boundary of Mount Rainier National Park. It is situated north of Chinook Pass, and south of Crystal Mountain Ski Area, on the leeward side of Mount Rainier. It can be climbed in one day (4 to 5 hours, 5 miles and less than 2000 feet of elevation gain). From the parking area at Chinook Pass, follow the Pacific Crest Trail north about a mile and half before bearing left on a footpath which peters out after a hundred yards. Route-find your way north through meadows to the ridge. From the ridge you can see the summit, bear to the right as you approach the summit. From the summit there are big views to as far away as the Goat Rocks, Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Aix, Mount Stuart, and many more. While the south side of Chinook Peak is gentle meadows, the north side is steep vertical cliffs.
Chinook is a native American word which can refer to the Chinook people, or the chinook wind. Chinook wind is a warm dry wind, typically in the winter, that blows down off the leeward side of a mountain, or mountain range, and warms as it compresses. In this case, Chinook Peak is in the rainshadow of Mount Rainier, where the air has been dried and and warmed by compression as it decends.
Thanks to Ronald James for this description.