Buell & Barrier Peaks

A scenic and moderate scramble of two peaks approached from the Deer Creek Trailhead off of Highway 123 on the east side of Mount Rainier National Park.

Driving Directions

From Enumclaw drive US 410 to US 123.  Take the right fork and continue south on US 123. Reach the Deer Creek Trailhead in about 6 miles.


  • This is a shorter approach than from the Owyhigh Lakes Trail.
  • A traverse with car shuttle is also an option. 
  • Buell Peak is lower (5,761 ft) and the easier scramble of these two peaks.
  • This is a snow scramble early season and a rock scramble later in season.
  • Suitable Activities: Scrambling
  • Seasons: May, June, July, August, September, October, November
  • Weather: View weather forecast.
  • Difficulty: Strenuous 3, Technical 3
  • Length: 10.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,000 ft
  • 6,521 ft
  • USGS Chinook Pass
  • Green Trails Mt Rainier East No. 270
  • Green Trails Mount Rainier Wonderland No. 269S
  • Red Marker
    46.833736, -121.534963
    46.8337360826 -121.534962516
  • Red Marker
    46.859452, -121.577081
    46.8594520923 -121.577080915

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