Alpine Scramble - Banshee Peak

Rating S5-T2. Long, low-technical scramble near Panhandle Gap, one of the most scenic spots in Mt Rainier National Park.

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  • Moderate, Strenuous 5, Technical 2
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 15.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,600 ft

5:30am, Wilburton Park & Ride, Bellevue.  (Otherwise known as "SE 8th Street exit".)  OR, 7:45am, Fryingpan Creek trailhead, Mt Rainier NP.

In late summer, Banshee Peak is essentially a long-distance off-trail "hike", but at this time of year, snow is expected near Panhandle Gap that would make for a "T2" snow scramble.

Annual Mt Rainier pass, America-the-Beautiful pass, or $15/vehicle entrance fee required.


Banshee Peak

  • USGS White River Park

    USGS Mt Rainier East

    USGS Chinook Pass

    Green Trails Mount Rainier Wonderland No. 269SX
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Mountaineering Boots
  • Ice Axe
  • Helmet optional (leader will send more info on this prior to trip)
  • Sandals / water shoes recommended for creek crossing
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