Pinnacle, Plummer, Denman, Lane & The Castle


Alpine Scramble - Pinnacle, Plummer, Denman, Lane & The Castle

An excellent scramble to become acquainted with steep rock sections. Excellent views (weather permitting) of Mount Rainier, Mount Adams and Mt. St. Helens. Preference is given to new graduates of the Olympia Branch Scrambling Course for the first week of registration, then open to all new graduates and experienced scramblers. Leader permission required. Assistant Leader slot is open for any branch course graduate who needs a mentored trip. NOTE: REGISTRATION OPENS June 27, 2024 despite what the posting shows. PLEASE DO NOT REGISTER OR CONTACT ME BEFORE THEN.

  • *Varies*
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 7.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,400 ft
  • Pace: 2.0 - 2.5 mph

Meet at the trail head near Reflection Lake at  7:00. Parking is limited and fills up fast. 

We can meet in Eatonville to carpool and minimize our parking impact.  Carpool parking area is available. Coffee is available in Eatonville and Ashford, if you leave time for that. 

Public toilets available in Elbe. 

National Park Permit or Mount Rainier Park permit is required. 

My trip goals and expectations are to stay together, be safe and have fun. 

My leadership style is to be inclusive of beginner and experienced scramblers. We will take breaks on the ascent to catch our breath, hydration, address potential blisters, change layers and take pictures. 

As a long time rock climber, I am focused on safety and willing to provide tips and advice on gear, scrambling technique, stance, hand and foot holds for security - just ask questions as needed.

We will carry and set a rope for the down climb for safety reasons since there is a bit of exposure. Helmets, boots or approach climbing shoes, seat harness or seat sling diaper seat and prussik slings for the down climb are mandatory.

After scrambling up Pinnacle Peak, we can go up Denman and Plummer Peak, depending on the group desires and weather. 

Great ice cream cones and/or coffee  in Ashford on the way home and, if the group desires, we can stop for chow in Eatonville. 


Pinnacle, Plummer, Denman, Lane & The Castle

  • USGS Mt Rainier East

    USGS Mt Rainier West

    Trails Illustrated Mount Rainier National Park

    Green Trails Mount Rainier Wonderland No. 269SX
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Helmet
  • Mountaineering Boots
  • Ice Axe
  • Prussik slings
  • Seat harness or diaper sling seat
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