Mount Rainier National Park: Shriner Peak Lookout - Backpacker

Mount Rainier National Park: Shriner Peak Lookout

This 8.2-mile out-and-back is rarely hiked. If your legs can take a stiff, 3,434-foot climb, the payoff is best-in-show vistas of Rainier and its neighbors.

INFO For information on permits, current trail and camp conditions, and wilderness guidelines, go to

PERMIT A wilderness permit is required for all overnight camping in the backcountry. Reservations requests accepted by fax or mail, starting on March 15th of each year ($20/reservation). Download form at

CONTACT Mt. Rainier National Park, (360) 569-2211;

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 13.2



Location: 46.80265, -121.555237

Begin long climb under old-growth Douglas fi rs and hemlocks. Note: Bring stiff boots, sun hat, plenty of agua


Location: 46.798805, -121.535873

Overlook S across water-sculpted gash of Panther Creek Valley; lupine and avalanche lilies add color to old burn area


Location: 46.800247, -121.531166

Switchback on slopes of bear grass and paintbrush


Location: 46.800365, -121.539345

Continue steep grind


Location: 46.8022, -121.540024

After a 2,000-foot climb, trail crests ridge with big views across Ohanapecosh River to icecapped Mt. Rainier. Rest on outcrop, then continue NE


Location: 46.805737, -121.535973

Zigzag past rock gardens and scurrying marmots


Location: 46.806404, -121.533066

This long ridge is full of reds, blues, and yellows. In season, take photos of wildfl owers, huckleberries, or fall colors


Location: 46.807541, -121.530518

Trail reenters forest; enjoy shade before sun-baked stretch ahead


Location: 46.810192, -121.53096

Cliffside meadow dotted with stunted alpine fi r; footing gets rocky, tricky. Blue grouse, warblers, elk frequent this ridge


Location: 46.813572, -121.530502

Shriner's grassy 5,834 ft. pinnacle. Old, 2-story tower offers vistas of Mt. Adams, the Goat Rocks, and Mt. St. Helens. Camp nearby (with permit) for a sunrise glow on Rainier.