Alpine Scramble - Naches Peak


Alpine Scramble - Naches Peak

One day (better weather) rock scramble of two Rainer 100 peaks (Tahtlum & Naches) with a difficult, very exposed section.

  • Strenuous 2, Technical 5
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 7.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,500 ft
  • Pace: Efficient, >2 mph on trail

 Chinook pass parking lot near the Naches peak trailhead at 7:30 A.M.

This is a single day rock scramble (better weather day) of two Rainier 100 peaks. Tahtlum is straightforward while Naches is challenging and exposed. If both days are rainy or the rock is wet, we will only do Tahtlum. 

We will hike the PCT to the bootpath up Tahtlum first, then head back to Chinook Pass. From there, we will take the NW ridge route up Naches. The crux of Naches is reported to be an exposed downclimb on the ascent where it is difficult to see your feet. See a trip report as well as additional SummitPost photos here and here. We will evaluate and only proceed if the group agrees it is safe to do so.

Due to exposure and potential rockfall risk, participants must have been on at least one T4/5 rock scramble (preferably more). No students.

When requesting leader’s permission, tell me about your experience and comfort with T4/5 rock scrambles. Permission requests before registration opens will be ignored.


Naches, Yakima & Seymour Peaks

  • USGS Chinook Pass

    Trails Illustrated Mount Rainier National Park

    Green Trails Mount Rainier Wonderland No. 269SX
  • See full route/place details.
Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Helmet
  • Protected downclimb kit
  • Choice of rock scrambling footwear (mountain boots or approach shoes)
Trip Reports