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Seattle, WA: Norse Peak via Bullion Basin

Trek through a wildflower-filled basin to the summit of Norse Peak on this 8.3-mile Cascades dayhike with front-row views of Mount Rainier.

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During summer months, explore the countless peaks surrounding Crystal Mountain ski area for incredible wildflower displays and up-close views of Mount Rainier. This 8.3-mile dayhike to Norse Peak starts just east of Crystal Mountain’s parking lot and follows an old miner’s road into Bullion Basin, a lush meadow dotted with seasonal wildflowers.
After 1.5 miles, bear right at the Y-junction located in the northwest corner of Bullion Basin, and hike southwest along the edge of the forest. Keep your camera handy: roughly half a mile later, the trail rounds a sharp bend and Mount Rainier pops into view. From here, the route climbs a ridgeline, then merges onto the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) at mile 2.3. Follow the PCT north past views of Lake Basin and the Norse Peak Wilderness to Scout Pass. Pick up a boot path at the pass for the final 0.4-mile stretch to the 6,856-foot summit of Norse Peak. Savor views at the top before starting the descent back to the trailhead.
-Mapped by Alan Bauer, Alan Bauer Photography

To Trailhead

From Farman St. and WA 410 in Enumclaw, WA, head east on WA 410. In 31.8 miles, turn left at Crystal Mountain Blvd. In 6.3 miles, bear left. Go 0.3 mile and park on side of road.

View of Lake Basin

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