August Peak, Virgina Peak, Berry Peak & Martin Peak

August, Virginia, Berry and Martin Peaks are treed summits that can be combined into a trip with 4,030 feet of elevation gain in ups and downs over 8.6 miles. Views are limited but offer a different perspective on the area west of Mowich Lake in Mount Rainier National Park.


Park on the Mowich Lake Road  at about 3,600 ft, by the now the abandoned west park Boundary Trail starting just south of Martin Peak.


Peaks are usually done in the order August, Virginia, Berry, Martin. Follow the trail to the August-Poch Saddle at about 4,400 ft. From the saddle go east to August Peak. Return to the Boundary Trail and follow it to the west ridge of Virginia Peak. Climb directly to the summit of Virginia.  To reach Berry follow the northeast ridge of Virginia to an unmarked sub-summit, then continue east, dropping some to avoid a steep traverse just before the final summit of Berry.  This can be tricky in snow. Return to the Boundary Trail via Virginia Peak, ascending to Martin Peak at the saddle before returning to the trail head.

  • Suitable Activities: Scrambling
  • Seasons: April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November
  • Weather: View weather forecast.
  • Difficulty: Strenuous 3, Technical 2
  • Length: 8.6 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,030 ft
  • 5,120 ft
  • Land Manager: Mount Rainier National Park
    Mount Rainier Wilderness
  • Parking Permit Required: National Park Entrance Fee
  • Default Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
  • USGS Golden Lakes
  • Green Trails Mt Rainier West No. 269
  • Red Marker
    46.926748, -121.914296
    46.9267479546 -121.91429615
  • Red Marker
    46.947328, -121.893438
    46.9473279 -121.8934378

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