Governors Ridge & Barrier Peak

A beautiful viewpoint of Mount Rainier, a seldom visited spot, except by elk or goat, with minimal brush if done right.

getting there

From Enumclaw drive US410 to White River entrance, about 43 miles. Continue on White River Road for 2 miles to a parking area on right and look for signs for Owyhigh Lakes trailhead.


Hike to Owyhigh Lakes, ascend toward saddle north of Barrier. Drop over to the east side of the ridge, and descend and traverse north past three buttresses. Ascend 300 feet in the gully, then ascend and traverse north and scramble highest point on ridge (6,600 ft). Return to saddle and ascend south to summit of Barrier Peak. Descend the west ridge to the lowest saddle, then descend short gully and return to lakes.

  • Difficulty: Technical 3, Strenuous 4
  • Length: 11.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,400 ft
  • 6,521 ft
  • Land Manager: Mount Rainier National Park
    Mount Rainier Wilderness
  • Parking Permit Required: National Park Entrance Fee
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 12
USGS White River Park;USGS Chinook Pass

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