The Palisades & Marcus Peak


Alpine Scramble - The Palisades & Marcus Peak

The climb is a double peak day. It count as scramble for students. Both Peaks are on the Mt Rainier 100 Peak list.

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  • Technical 3, Strenuous 3
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 9.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,400 ft


The Palisades are a cliffy group of peaks located in the Sourdough Mountains in the northeast section of Mount Rainier National Park. They derive their name from the distinctive cliffs of columnar andesite which grace their flanks. Columnar andesite forms when extrusive lava flows cool slowly, creating hexagonal column formations.

The Palisades are located in an interesting area of Mount Rainier National Park, the dry northeast side near the Sunrise Lodge. As you hike to the Palisades, you will pass through a valley containing at least five subalpine lakes and several streams. Some of the great appeal of this area is the ability to cool off with a nice dip in a lake after a hot day in the mountains. The area is fairly marshy too, so in season, make sure to bring insect repellant


The Palisades & Marcus Peak

  • Green Trails Mount Rainier Wonderland No. 269SX

    Green Trails Mt Rainier East No. 270

    USGS White River Park
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