Mutton Mountain

A moderate 9.5 mile trip, mostly on trail, with 3,750 feet of elevation gain. It is a scramble only when there's snow, because the trails leads to very near the summit. It is northwest of Mount Rainier, off the White River, with magnificent views of Mount Rainier and surrounding peaks.

getting there

Drive SR 410 31 miles west of Enumclaw and turn left (east) onto Forest Road 7174. Drive ~0.75 mile to the White River Trailhead (3,000 ft).

on the trail

Hike the White River Trail (No. 1199) for 0.5 mile and then turn right onto the Deep Creek Trail (No. 1196). At its intersection with the Noble Knob Trail (No. 1184), turn right and hike ~0.7 mile to where you are within 200 feet of the summit. Leave the trail and head northeast to the summit.


  • Trip can be extended to Noble Knob and George Lake, an added 4.2 miles round trip and 1,000 feet of elevation gain.
  • Out-of-print Book Reference: Day Hiking Snoqualmie Region, 1st ed by Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books, 2007).

Information FOr leaders

Permit information

As of 2017, the Snoqualmie Ranger District considers Mountaineers trips and courses to be "nominal use". Leaders should print and copy this designation letter to show rangers they may see on trail or carry a digital copy on their phone.

  • Difficulty: Winter Scramble, Snow Scramble, Moderate
  • Length: 9.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,750 ft
  • 6,156 ft
  • Land Manager: Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
    Norse Peak Wilderness, Snoqualmie Ranger District (MBSNF)
  • Parking Permit Required: None
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 12
  • USGS Sun Top
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