Copper & Iron Mountains (Mount Rainier)

A strenuous, moderately technical scramble, with 5,000 feet of elevation gain and 12 miles. Best done with some snow to add interest. The approach to these peaks in the southwestern part of Mount Rainier National Park leads through old growth forest to the lush Indian Henry's Hunting Ground and an old ranger cabin.


Take the Kautz Creek Trail to Indian Henry's Hunting Ground. From the Rangers cabin head north northeast to the saddle between Copper & Iron. Go north for Copper and south for Iron. Early season may be difficult following trail, which makes it a more of a scramble. Steep heather slopes are slippery when wet.

Can also be approached from Longmire via the Wonderland Trail.

  • Difficulty: Technical 3, Strenuous 4
  • Length: 12.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 5,000 ft
  • 6,303 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 Mt Rainier West
  • Red Marker
    46.736156, -121.856060
    46.7361556817 -121.856060028
  • Red Marker
    46.792833, -121.827521
    46.7928330042 -121.827521324

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