Pinnacle Peak & The Castle


Basic Alpine Climb - The Castle/East Ridge

short winter rock climb with an enjoyable winter scramble approach.

  • Sat, Mar 30, 2024
  • Seattle Climbing
  • Climbing
  • Basic Alpine
  • Adults
  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 6.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,400 ft

8:30am at the Longmire Lodge Lobby.  NOT at the east end of the parking lot near the road gate.

Leaders permission.  While this is a relatively easy approach on paper, the group will need to move fairly judiciously to get the summit and back before the gate closes again at Longmire in the early evening.  Non rope leaders contact the leader for permission when sign up opens February 19th.  Rope Leader sign up opens Jan 2nd.  

This trip is not open to 2024 basic students.  


Pinnacle Peak & The Castle

  • USGS Mt Rainier East

    Green Trails Mt Rainier East No. 270

    Green Trails Mount Rainier Wonderland No. 269SX
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Mountain boots that can accept crampons (not hiking boots)
  • Snowshoes
  • Crampons
  • An ice axe (not technical ice tools)
  • A back pack (40 to 60 liters)
  • Webbing and accessory cords
  • 6 straight gate carabiners
  • 2 locking carabiners
  • Large pear-shaped carabiner
  • Belay device
  • Climbing harness
  • Helmet
  • Chock pick (nut tool)
  • Rescue pulley
  • Fleece or puffy jacket
  • Rain jacket and full-zip rain pants
  • Belay gloves
  • Warm gloves or mittens
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