Tatoosh Ridge


Day Hike - Tatoosh Ridge

This 8 mile strenuous dayhike with 2600' of gain traverses lovely flowerfields to an old lookout site with fabulous views of Mt Rainier nearly the entire way.

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  • Wed, Jul 8, 2015
  • Foothills Hiking Committee
  • Day Hiking
  • Singles, 20-30 Somethings, Retired Rovers, Adults
  • Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 8.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,600 ft

6:30AM at the Maple Valley Park and Ride, on the south side of highway 169 near the highway 18 interchange.  Google map to the P&R:    https://www.google.com/maps/dir//47.396445,-122.044964/@47.396445,-122.044971,17z?hl=en-US

The trailhead is north of Packwood about 10 miles, and is 2 hours 20 minutes from the P&R.  Google map to the TH:  https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Maple+Valley+Park+and+Ride,+Maple+Valley-Black+Diamond+Road,+Maple+Valley,+WA/46.7131,-121.7158/@47.0027136,-122.5469281,9z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m9!4m8!1m5!1m1!1s0x54906058c1bfe403:0xf36bd32deb5f7563!2m2!1d-122.044964!2d47.396445!1m1!4e1?hl=en

The trailhead road is very heavily rutted - not good for lower clearance vehicles, though most 2WD cars can make it fine if they go slow.  Trip reports suggest we will have to stop at a washout a mile short of the trailhead and walk the road.  NW Forest Pass required.

We will start at the trailhead off road 5270.  The trail climbs steeply and then traverses and goes over multiple shoulders of the ridge.  There is little water other than a small seasonal stream at about a mile.    We will take the spur trail to the old Tatoosh Lookout site.   If enough cars are available we may leave a car at the end of road 5290 and walk the trail end to end.

This is a strenuous trail and requires good aerobic conditioning.  We will aim for a 2mph pace.   If you have not already achieved this pace on strenuous terrain previously this season, please do not sign up for this hike.

The hike may be cancelled if the weather turns terrible.


Tatoosh Ridge

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
Trip Reports