Day Hike - Bearhead Mountain


Day Hike - Bearhead Mountain

Views of Rainier with short mileage and drive time.

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  • Moderate
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 5.6 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,900 ft

South Renton Park and Ride at 7:00am.

Bearhead Mountain promises excellent views of Rainier and the surrounding area.  Its location just outside the northwest boundary of the Park means that drive times from Seattle and the Eastside are relatively small for a “Rainier hike”.  Though the hike distance is short, elevation gain (about the same as West Tiger 3) makes this a “moderate” route.  We will go at an easy pace and, weather permitting, will linger at the summit to enjoy the views and a leisurely lunch.  (To keep total trip mileage low we will not be doing the side trip to Summit Lake.)

Because Labor Day is not a day off for everyone, we will leave fairly early to avoid the worst of whatever commute traffic there may be, and to ensure that we get space at the Park and Ride.

At 6,089 feet, Bearhead Mountain is on the list of 100 highest peaks in Rainier NP and is one of only fifteen non-technical peaks on the list that can be summited as day hikes. Bearhead counts towards the “15 Hiking Peaks in Mount Rainier NP” and “100 Peaks in Mountain Rainier NP” badges.

The road to the trailhead requires a high clearance vehicle.  A huge 4x4 isn’t necessary - an Outback or equivalent will do. The Trip Leader has one but we will need one more.  If you have one please consider driving.


Bearhead & East Bearhead Mountains

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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