(per Guide to 100 Peaks in Mount Rainier National Park)
Driving—On the road leading to Mowich Lake, park approximately 600’ past the national park boundary sign on the right side of the road, elevation 3,610’ (this is prior to the gate and restrooms).
Route—recommend completing in the following order: August, Virginia, Berry, Martin. Take the unmarked west boundary trail on the north side of the road where you park (opposite a sign the says “backcountry camping requires permit.”) In 1.8 miles from the trailhead, come to a flat marshy area and then begin a slow rise to the August-Poch saddle, located in approximately 4425’. From the saddle, head east to August Peak (4690’). Return to the boundary trail and backtrack your route to where the trail crosses the NW ridge of Virginia Peak. Leave the trail here and ascend the ridge to Virginia (4850’). To reach Berry, drop off Virginia and follow its NE ridge. As you begin to ascend towards a sub-peak (approx. 5014’) begin a rising traverse to meet the west end of the saddle between Berry and this sub-peak. This will avoid steeper terrain beyond this intersection and below the long saddle. There are some rocky outcroppings along the ridge—the larger ones require a little side-hilling, generally on the right-hand side, and then a ten minute ascent up to Berry (5120’). Return via Virginia and then by descending its SW shoulder to the west boundary trail. Leave the trail again at approximately 4520’ and follow the ridge to Martin (4880’). Class 2. Time 7 to 8 hours.
Total of 8.6 miles; estimated 10 hours, elevation gain 4030’.
Please consider this a placeholder for We'll do a scramble in the Mowich Lake-Carbon River area, highly dependent on snow conditions, particularly on the roads. Martin and Berry are top choices, Paul Peak is an option, Florence or Sweet are backups. So, sign up only if you are willing to be flexible, interested in checking snow conditions, looking for a day in the mountains with snow showers expected. Ice ax, snowshoes, traction devices needed.
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