Buell & Barrier Peaks


Alpine Scramble - Buell & Barrier Peaks

A scenic and moderate scramble of two peaks approached from the Deer Creek Trailhead off of Highway 123 on the east side of Mount Rainier National Park. Mentored Scramble for Michelle Peterson

  • Strenuous 3, Technical 3
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 12.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,400 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 6,521 ft
  • Pace: Avg 1.5mph uphill, 2.25 mph downhill on the trail

US Forest Service Ranger Station, 450 Roosevelt Ave E, Enumclaw, WA 98022
6:45 AM

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Our trailhead and start time will depend on the road status of Highway 123 and/or the White River entrance to MRNP. Both roads are expected to be open by Memorial Day. If Highway 123 is not open, our meeting and start time will be adjusted so that we can enter through the White River gate before 7 AM. Due to limited parking, we will need to carpool to the trailhead.
This is a 4+ mile trail hike to a scramble route that may include forest, ridge, talus and scree. This time of year, there is usually snow on the ground and might be rainy. If this is your type of challenge, welcome!

To quote the climbers Alex Lowe and Carl Tobin, "The best climber in the world is the one having fun", and "It don't have to be fun to be fun"!

The success of our trip will rely upon the willingness to work together as a team efficiently, route finding and most of all, keeping in mind each other’s wellbeing.

Leadership style: I am not fast, but I do try to be strategic. I tend to move at around 1.5mph uphill, about 2.25 mph downhill on a trail, given terrain considerations. I prefer to make single bio-stops every 60-90 minutes, meaning that clothing and gear adjustments, food water, party seps and the like are all taken care of during that break. I enjoy chewing my food, so a break will be about 15-20 minutes, lunch maybe 30-40 minutes. If this comes across as too slow or too fast, too regimented for you, this trip might not be the type that you like.


Buell & Barrier Peaks

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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Helmet
  • Mountaineering Boots
  • Ice Axe
  • Microspikes
  • Extra gloves that withstand abrasion and wet
  • Bug Repellant
  • A sense of humor
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