Howard Peak & Tolmie Peak


Alpine Scramble - Howard Peak & Tolmie Peak

Leisurely hike to Tolmie Peak Lookout plus the true summit of Tolmie, then an easy scramble of Howard Peak. Depending on weather and the desires of the group, additional explorations are possible. See Leader's Notes.

  • Strenuous 2, Technical 2
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 8.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,000 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 5,939 ft
  • Pace: Slow

Mowich Lake at 8:00 am.  Be organized so that you can be ready to start hiking by 8:15.

Note that I originally listed this trip for Saturday by mistake; my apologies.  Unfortunately, the Mowich Lake area is just too crowded on weekends.

This trip is short enough that if conditions allow, I would like to do some additional exploration.  If the bugs are bad, or if the weather isn't great, we can  just do the 2 easy peaks and call it a day.  However, there appear to be some meadows and ridges worth exploring, particularly north and west of Howard and east of Eunice Lake.  The latter is most intriguing to me, with a ridge leading to the unofficially named Irish Cabin Peak.  Any exploration we do would add less than 1000' of elevation gain, so the total for the day would be less than 3000'.  I'm also not expecting any scrambling beyond the T3 level; if we do encounter anything more difficult, we will turn around before anyone gets uncomfortable.  So, this trip should be fine for students.

The pace will be leisurely.  I had a hip replaced 6 months ago and am still taking it easy.


Howard Peak & Tolmie Peak

  • USGS Golden Lakes

    USGS Mowich Lake

    Trails Illustrated Mount Rainier National Park

    Green Trails Mount Rainier Wonderland No. 269SX
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