Sluiskin Mountain/The Chief

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.


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


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

  • Suitable Activities: Climbing
  • Climbing Category: Basic Alpine
  • Seasons: July, August, September, October
  • Weather: View weather forecast.
  • Difficulty: Basic Alpine Climb
  • Length: 27.0
  • 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
  • USGS Sunrise
  • USGS Mowich Lake
  • Green Trails Mount Rainier Wonderland No. 269SX

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