Located in the Tatoosh range in the southern end of Mt. Rainier Nat. Park, this 2 peak link-up offers a classic alpine scramble. The round trip hike of about 7 miles starts at Longmire on a well maintained trail rising through beautiful ancient forest, and tops out on a saddle between the two peaks. Along with a park entrance fee, all of the Tatoosh peaks offer spectacular views of Mt. Rainier - on clear days. This is good beginner trip and fairly close to home. Be prepared for a an exposed scramble on Eagle, and 3rd class tree climbing on the "Hobbit trail" of the Chutla Ridge. "Tatoosh" means 'nourishing breast " in the local Native American language. To make a more ambitious day out of it, add in neighboring peak Wahpenayo. In later season, leave the crampons, ice axe, harness and possible rope and helmets home.
|Driving Distance from Portland||150 miles|
|Driving Time from Portland||2 hours|
|Expected Duration||Car to car in one day|
|Relevant Books||Cascade Alpine Guide: Columbia River to Stevens Pass by Fred Beckey 75 Scrambles in Washington by Peggy Goldman|
|Relevant Maps||USGS 7 ½ minute series, Tatoosh Lakes|