The Mazamas offers a variety of classes for all ability levels. Learn new skills in mountaineering, rock climbing, first aid, ski mountaineering, and more.
The Tatoosh Range, located in the southern end of Mt. Rain-Here Nat. Park, is made up of 11 named peaks. This 3 peak link-up is one of the most popular, if only because of the easy access from the trailhead. A popular Mazamas climb, this classic alpine scramble has a round trip hike of just 4 miles and 1,700 vertical feet, and thus can be done by most climbers of moderate fitness in a reasonable day. Along with a park entrance fee, all of the Tatoosh peaks offer spectacular views of Mt. Rainier - given clear weather, naturally. This is good beginner trip and fairly close to home. Be prepared for a short rappel on Castle and possible a handline on Pinnacle, depending on your comfort level on exposed 3rd or easy 4th class rock. In early season, an ice axe can be useful. "Tatoosh" means 'nourishing breast " in the local native American language.
The Castle is a box shaped peak on the immediate E of Pinnacle Peak, often climbed in conjunction with Pinnacle and Plummer peaks. There is a short rock pitch to gain the summit. Incredible views of Mt. Rainier await on a clear day. A rope and basic rock pro can help with beginner climbers.