Alpine Scramble - Fay Peak, Hessong Rock & Mount Pleasant


Alpine Scramble - Fay Peak, Hessong Rock & Mount Pleasant

Lets hit 3 Rainier 100 peaks in the outstanding Mowich lake area of Rainier.

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  • Technical 3, Strenuous 3
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 7.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,000 ft
  • Pace: 1.5 to 2 mph

6 a.m. 

Bonney Lake park and ride located at 9218 184th Ave E, Bonney Lake, WA 98391

 We will consolidate vehicles and then head to Mowich lake.   

This will be a loop trip of Fay, Mt. Pleasant and Hessong rock.  We will head up Knapsack pass and hit Fay first.  Depending on how the group feels about it we may also hit First Mother Mountain on the way to Mt. Pleasant.   From Mt. Pleasant we will hit Hessong rock and then head towards Spray park and exit via the Spray park trail.  On our way out we may also stop at Spray falls.

The last few times I have done this trip there has been a patch of snow on the descent from Fay down to Knapsack pass.  This patch of snow is sometimes very hard and crampons are very useful to have when descending it.  


Fay Peak, Hessong Rock & Mount Pleasant

  • Green Trails Mt Rainier West No. 269

    USGS Mowich Lake

    Green Trails Mount Rainier Wonderland No. 269SX
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Helmet
  • Mountaineering Boots
  • Ice Axe
  • Crampons
  • Hasty Harness, prusik loop, and locking carabiner
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