Palisades Peak & Marcus Peak

Palisades Peak & Marcus Peak is a scramble of 9 miles with 3,400 feet of gain.

Driving Directions

Enter Mount Rainier National Park through White River entrance, drive towards Sunrise and park at Sunrise Point Trailhead.

Ascent Route

Take trail past Clover Lake, after another mile look for the trail to Hidden Lake which turns to the west (marked), hike up to Hidden Lake, continue around South side and up steep unmaintained trail to saddle between Marcus Peak and Palisades Peak. Continue east until past the scrub trees.

For Palisades, shoot for easier going in clearings, head uphill a bit west of summit, will find a faint climbers trail that bypasses most brush. Once on ridge, continue northeast to true summit.

For Marcus, stay below brush taking first gully to the ridge (heather and rock), follow ridge to summit block, route is obvious on northeast face.

Can add Slide Mountain to same trip, continue on main trail to saddle between Palisades and Brown Peak, climbers trail goes up Brown and runs the ridge to Slide. Combined three peaks is about 9 hr trip.

  • Difficulty: Technical 3, Strenuous 3
  • Length: 9.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,400 ft
  • 7,000 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
  • USGS White River Park

Upcoming Activities

Alpine Scramble - Palisades Peak & Marcus Peak

Scrambling Trip
A pleasant scramble in the Mt Rainier area.
Difficulty: Technical 3, Strenuous 3
Sun, Oct 28, 2018
8 participants
Registration opens Sep 24
Seattle Branch
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