Tamanos Mountain

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Tamanos Mountain is located in the east central area of Mount Rainier National Park. It is very easily seen from the Sunrise area, directly south and across the White River valley. Tamanos is situated north of the Cowlitz Chimneys and connected to them via a high ridge. Owyhigh Lakes and Governors Ridge are immediately to the east of Tamanos.

The name Tamanos derives from Chinook jargon and meant "...a sort of guardian or familiar spirit; magic; luck, fortune, anything supernatural." (*1)

Theodore Winthrop wrote that "..Tamanous is a vague and half personified type of the unknown, of the mysterious forces of nature...and each Indian patronizes his own personal tamanous." (*2)

Tamanos Mountain can be climbed in one day. Follow the Owyhigh Lakes Trail through old growth forest, continue on the trail past the larger lake, and find a climber's path to the right. Ascend the path through lovely meadows up Tamanos' south ridge. Scramble over a false summit to the summit. About 5 miles and 3000 feet elevation gain.

Prominence: 750 ft.

(*1) Gibbs, George. A dictionary of the Nisqually Indian Language. 1982.

(*2) Winthrop, Theodore. The Canoe and the Saddle. 1907

Elevation (feet): 6,790
Elevation (meters): 2,070
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Cascade Range
State: Washington
Latitude: 46.871942
Longitude: -121.597443
Difficulty: Scramble
Best months for climbing: Jul, Aug, Sep
Nearest major airport: Seattle-Tacoma
Convenient Center: Enumclaw

Thanks to theyogiclimber for adding this peak.

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