Double Peak

Double Peak, on the eastern side of Mount Rainier National Park, is best known for the infamous brush-choked approach, thus best done at least partially on snow. Most of the strenuous 9 mi scramble is off-trail, requiring careful route-finding. Elevation gain is 4,200 ft, 500 ft of that on the way out.


From Chinook Creek/Deer Creek Trailhead, hike the trail going down 300 ft to the creek, turn left onto Chinook Creek Trail and follow the trail down stream about 1 mi (the trail goes down the east side about 0.7 mi and then crosses to the west side) until crossing the drainage coming from Double Peak Basin (2,720 ft).  At the stream coming from Double Peak Basin, go up on left side on elk trails staying 50 to 100 yards from the creek all the way to the basin area. Its best to stay on ridge above basin (to the east) and avoid the basin. Follow ridge around to left until getting to the second basin area below the summits. Then drop about 60 ft into second basin and go up gully to left of summits (true summit on left). There is lots of loose scree so watch for rocks. Then scramble the ridge to the summit.


Drive south on SR 123 about 0.6 mi from the Chinook Creek/Deer Creek Trailhead and park along the side of the road. Then go down the bank to Chinook Creek and cross creek.  Find trail on the west side of the creek or find the bridge and take the trail across. Hike trail down stream a few tenths of a mile to the steam coming from the basin from Double Peak area. Then continue via the standard route.


Gully below Double Peak is very loose, may want to split party if group is large to reduce danger.

  • Suitable Activities: Scrambling
  • Seasons: April, May, June, July, August, September
  • Weather: View weather forecast.
  • Difficulty: Technical 3, Strenuous 4
  • Length: 9.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,200 ft
  • 6,199 ft
  • Land Manager: Mount Rainier National Park
    Mount Rainier Wilderness
  • Parking Permit Required: National Park Entrance Fee
  • Default Party Size: 8
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
  • USGS Chinook Pass
  • Red Marker
    46.834216, -121.538916
    46.8342155983 -121.538915634
  • Red Marker
    46.828532, -121.580436
    46.828531986 -121.580436222

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