Shriner Peak (Mount Rainier National Park) 17-Jul-2013

Shriner Peak Mount Rainier National Park

I had a business meeting in Yakima, Washington and decided to squeeze in a hike of something on the way back to Portland, Oregon. I’d had Shriner Peak on the east side of Mount Rainier National Park on my list for a while and as it’s conveniently located just off Highway 12 between Yakima and Interstate-5, that’s where I headed.

The scene from theĀ  Mount Rainier viewpoint on Highway 12 let me know that today was not going to be the full bluebird, sunny day I’d hoped for – no rain but lots of clouds.

Shriner Peak Mount Rainier National Park

A massive lenticular cloud rests atop Mount Rainier

The trail was in good shape, snow-free, with a nice grade for 3,300 feet of elevation gain in just 4 miles. As I climbed, Mount Adams came into view, with the sun spotlighting it in a sea of clouds.

Shriner Peak Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Adams from the Shriner Peak Trail

Finally – when the trail crests a ridge at 4,400 feet – I got the big view of the big one. Even though it was diminished somewhat by the clouds, this was a breathtaking view of Rainier’s east side (you can get a similarly striking view of its west side from atop Pinnacle Peak).

Shriner Peak Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier from the Shriner Peak Trail

On top of Shriner Peak sits the old lookout built in 1932 and now on the register of historic places.

Shriner Peak Mount Rainier National Park

Shriner Peak Lookout

What a place to have worked! The view from your front porch would have been Mount Rainier looming to the west,

Shriner Peak Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier from the porch of the Shriner Peak Lookout

Shriner Peak Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier

and Mount Adams, Mount Hood (which was briefly visible), and the entire Goat Rocks to the south.

Shriner Peak Mount Rainier National Park

Looking south from the Shriner Peak Lookout

It’s a bit of a drive from Portland or Seattle, but this one is worth a visit whether the skies are sunny or cloudy!

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