McNeeley Peak

Elevation (feet): 6,786
Elevation (meters): 2,068
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Cascade Range
State: Washington
Latitude: 46.928237
Longitude: -121.647065
Difficulty: Scramble
Best months for climbing: Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
Nearest major airport: Seattle-Tacoma
Convenient Center: Enumclaw

Thanks to Ronald James for adding this peak.

McNeeley Peak is a small peak located in the northeast quadrant of Mount Rainier National Park in a sub-range called the Sourdough Mountains. It is situated east of Mount Fremont in Huckleberry Basin. McNeeley is most commonly seen from the Sourdough Ridge Trail, but seems to be infrequently climbed due to the popularity of higher peaks with more inspiring summit views in the same vicinity. The benefits to climbing McNeeley are the solitude and unique perspective of the peaks on Sourdough Ridge, and if lucky the opportunity to encounter a couple resident mountain goats, which don't seem pleased by visitors.

The peak was named for Edwin J. McNeeley, a Tacoma businessman in the late 1800s who was president of Tacoma Abstract and Title Insurance Company, and later had shingle mills in Tacoma and Everett.

McNeeley is about a three hour dayhike. From the Sunrise parking lot follow the Sourdough Ridge Trail west to the junction with Huckleberry Creek Trail (.4 mile from lot). From the ridge, stop to view and plan your route to the summit. Huckleberry Creek Trail switchbacks down to a saddle from where you want to leave the trail and head northeast to the summit. There is a faint path in places to follow. This is almost a walk-up, but the scramble is as easy as you'll ever find. From the summit on a clear day one can see far north to Mount Baker, Glacier Peak, Bears Breast Mountain, Mt Daniel, and the Stuart Range. Also nice nearby views of Grand Park, Marcus Peak, Dege Peak, Antler Peak, Mt Fremont, and Rainier.

Prominence: 306 feet

Thanks to Ronald James for this description.