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Trip/Data/Information.

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Shriner Peak trail/routes.
Shriner Peak trail/routes.

Well better late than never I guess...
Decided to take advantage of the super weather and get out of the I-90 area.

Shriner peak it was. I had never done this peak. Access is very easy as you just park on the highway, no long dusty roads to travel. The parking area is not right by the trailhead. You have to walk south a few hundred feet to find the very well marked trailhead. Advertised as great views and low crowds and it didn't disappoint.
Shriners peak parking area (a few hundred feet north of actual trailhead).
Shriners peak parking area (a few hundred feet north of actual trailhead).
Shriners Peak trailhead.
Shriners Peak trailhead.

The first mile and a half or so ascent at a pretty decent clip as the trail is in the trees and basically angles rather than switchbacking up the slope.
Early Shriners peak trail.
Early Shriners peak trail.

After about a mile and a half or so it opens up more and some views emerge, but the best is yet to come.
Views  on way to Shriners peak summit.
Views  on way to Shriners peak summit.
Views  on way to Shriners peak summit.
Views  on way to Shriners peak summit.
Views  on way to Shriners peak summit.
Views  on way to Shriners peak summit.
Views  on way to Shriners peak summit.
Views  on way to Shriners peak summit.

After a bit more walking Rainier appears out of nowhere as you route a corner. Shortly past is a nice rock/viewpoint that makes a good rest stop if you need one.
Views  on way to Shriners peak summit.
Views  on way to Shriners peak summit.
Views  on way to Shriners peak summit.
Views  on way to Shriners peak summit.
Views  on way to Shriners peak summit.
Views  on way to Shriners peak summit.
Views from view rock on way to Shriners peak summit.
Views from view rock on way to Shriners peak summit.
Views from view rock on way to Shriners peak summit.
Views from view rock on way to Shriners peak summit.

Moving along you proceed up the hill through various mixed tree/meadowy areas with great views all along the way.
VIews on way to Shriner peak summit.
VIews on way to Shriner peak summit.
VIews on way to Shriner peak summit.
VIews on way to Shriner peak summit.
Mt. Rainier from Shriner Peak trail.
Mt. Rainier from Shriner Peak trail.
Rainier from below Shriner Peak.
Rainier from below Shriner Peak.
Rainier from below Shriner Peak.
Rainier from below Shriner Peak.

After a final duck more into the trees the final push to the tower. You don't see the tower until you are practically there.
Final push to Shriner Peak Lookout.
Final push to Shriner Peak Lookout.
First glimpse of Shriner Peak Lookout almost on top of it.
First glimpse of Shriner Peak Lookout almost on top of it.
Almost to Shriner Peak Lookout almost on top of it.
Almost to Shriner Peak Lookout almost on top of it.
Arriving at Shriner Peak Lookout.
Arriving at Shriner Peak Lookout.

When I arrived there were two people on the tower. After I had been there a bit they left and I had it all to myself for quite a while until another single arrived.

From there the views are great. You have to walk around the outside of the tower (locked) to get the full 360 degree effect.
Rainier from Shriner Peak lookout.
Rainier from Shriner Peak lookout.
Views from Shriner Peak Lookout.
Views from Shriner Peak Lookout.
Views from Shriner Peak Lookout.
Views from Shriner Peak Lookout.
Rainier from Shriner Peak lookout.
Rainier from Shriner Peak lookout.
Rainier from Shriner Peak lookout.
Rainier from Shriner Peak lookout.
Adams from Shriner Peak lookout.
Adams from Shriner Peak lookout.
St Helens from Shriner Peak lookout.
St Helens from Shriner Peak lookout.
Chinook pass from Shriner lookout.
Chinook pass from Shriner lookout.
I think this is Mt. AIx from Shriner lookout.
I think this is Mt. AIx from Shriner lookout.
Views from Shriners Peak Lookout.
Views from Shriners Peak Lookout.
Views from Shriners Peak Lookout.
Views from Shriners Peak Lookout.
Rainier close up from Shriner lookout.
Rainier close up from Shriner lookout.

Yea I was really there and actually hauled up a tripod to play with.
Tripod self time lapse from lookout at Shriners.
Tripod self time lapse from lookout at Shriners.
Tripod self time lapse from lookout at Shriners.
Tripod self time lapse from lookout at Shriners.

A few more shots from camping area/summit area then I headed down.
VIews from Shriner Peak camping area.
VIews from Shriner Peak camping area.
Shriner Peak camping area.
Shriner Peak camping area.
Shriner peak lookout looking back heading for camping area.
Shriner peak lookout looking back heading for camping area.
Rainier view from Shriner peak camping area #1
Rainier view from Shriner peak camping area #1
Toilet in Shriner peak camping area.
Toilet in Shriner peak camping area.
Shriner lookout from camping area.
Shriner lookout from camping area.
Parting shot of Rainier from Shriner Summit.
Parting shot of Rainier from Shriner Summit.

Trip down was uneventful and much quicker than up. I counted maybe a dozen or so ascending on my way down.
This trail is on the narrow side in places but no exposure. If you hare a map reader and such while you are walking you do need to make sure you don't drift off and twist an ankle or something. If this trail had a lot of traffic it would really be too narrow.

A few more shots on the way down. I did manage to "almost" twist an ankle but somehow saved myself (and I didn't even bring trekking poles)
Trail erosion Shriner Peak trail.
Trail erosion Shriner Peak trail.
View coming down Shriner Peak trail.
View coming down Shriner Peak trail.
Flower shots on way down from Shriners Peak.
Flower shots on way down from Shriners Peak.
Valley on way down from Shriners Peak.
Valley on way down from Shriners Peak.
View rock partially up Shriner peak trail.
View rock partially up Shriner peak trail.
Early colors on way down from Shriners Peak.
Early colors on way down from Shriners Peak.
Garden of ferns, lower Shriner peak trail.
Garden of ferns, lower Shriner peak trail.

This hike has a granite mountain type of feel. At 4.41 miles and about 3400 feet of elevation gain, in that same ballpark but with superb scenery. Also it is cool in a sense that you just kind of hike along and are suddenly there. No seeing the lookout way in the distance etc as you go. At least I never saw it and sort of looked on the way up.
The fall colors were just starting. This could be a place to return too soon.

Finally since I could see the chinook pass from the peak, I decided to drive up and see where I was. Not the best picture but there wasn't a real good place to pull over.
Shriner mountain (and Mt Adams on left) from road to Chinook Pass.
Shriner mountain (and Mt Adams on left) from road to Chinook Pass.

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PostWed Sep 17, 2008 10:50 am 
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Very nice!  up.gif  up.gif Shriner's a good one for Rainier views & minimal peeps considering its easy access from the hwy.  I always thought it might be nice to camp up there one of these days...preferably on a cloudless night to do some stargazing... smile.gif

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PostWed Sep 17, 2008 11:54 am 
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Nice report and pics, It's on my list this year too, before snow hits.
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Great report and photos!!  Hope to do that peak soon!

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PostWed Sep 17, 2008 8:05 pm 
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Bloated Chipmunk wrote:
Very nice!  up.gif  up.gif Shriner's a good one for Rainier views & minimal peeps considering its easy access from the hwy.  I always thought it might be nice to camp up there one of these days...preferably on a cloudless night to do some stargazing... smile.gif

Not to mention the sunset/sunrise.

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