Banshee Peak is a broad peak located within the east side of Mount Rainier National Park. It's situated immediately west of Middle Cowlitz Chimney, and east of Panhandle Gap in the very scenic area above Summerland. Banshee is most easily seen from the Sunrise area of the park, with its cliffy north face directly above the main body of Sarvant Glacier. Banshee Peak is a remnant of the Ohanapecosh Formation lava flow.
Access: The Fryingpan Creek Trailhead starts at 3800' elevation along Sunrise Road. At four miles it reaches Summerland. Continue on trail another 1.5 mile to Panhandle Gap, the high point of the Wonderland Trail. Panhandle Gap is snow covered until late summer so an ice ax could be handy. From Panhandle Gap traverse cross-country east another 1.5 mile up the easy meadow-covered slope to the 7400+ foot high point of Banshee Peak. Seven miles from car to summit, which can be done in one day.
Prominence: 360 feet.
|Best months for climbing:||Aug, Sep|
|Nearest major airport:||Seattle-Tacoma|
|Convenient Center:||Enumclaw, Yakima|
Thanks to theyogiclimber for adding this peak.
NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name
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