Sluiskin Mountain

A remote basic alpine climb in the Northern Loop area of Mount Rainier National Park. It's a multi-day trip of 27 miles and 5,600 feet of elevation gain. Mountain bikes are a good option for the 5.5 miles from the end of Carbon River Road to Ipsut Creek Campground.

Getting There

From SR-410 in Buckley, head south on SR-165. After crossing the Carbon River Gorge Bridge, bear left and proceed to the Mount Rainier National Park boundary (1,900 ft).


Starting at the end of the Carbon River road, hike or bike 5.5 miles to the Ipust Creek Campground.  Then hike the Northern Loop Trail to Windy Gap.


The Chief (7,026 ft)

27 miles round trip, 5,600 feet of elevation gain
Basic Alpine Climb

Ascend to the saddle on Sluiskin Mountain between The Chief & The Squaw.  The Chief, to the east, has a short Class 4 pitch and some exposure on the climb to the summit.

The Squaw (6,960 ft)

27 miles round trip, 5,540 feet of elevation gain
Scramble difficulty: Strenuous 5, Technical 2

Ascend to the saddle on Sluiskin Mountain between The Chief & The Squaw.  It's an easy scramble west to the summit of The Squaw.

  • Suitable Activities: Climbing, Scrambling
  • Climbing Category: Basic Alpine
  • Seasons: July, August, September, October
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  • Difficulty: Basic Alpine Climb
  • Length: 27.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 5,600 ft
  • 7,026 ft
  • Land Manager: Mount Rainier National Park
  • Parking Permit Required: National Park Entrance Fee
  • Recommended Party Size: 6
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 12
  • USGS Sunrise
  • USGS Mowich Lake
  • Green Trails Mount Rainier Wonderland No. 269SX
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