Tirzah Peak

A challenging, short scramble on the north side of the Carbon River and one of the "100 Highest" in Mount Rainier National Park. There are not many views, but a side trip to Chenuis Falls is a worthy addition to your trip.

getting there

From Buckley drive SR-165 through Wilkeson and Carbonado to its end following signs to the Carbon River Ranger Station.

approach & ascent

Hike or bike the Carbon River Road ~3 miles from the ranger station to the Chenuis Falls Trail. Cross the Carbon River and follow the trail until you reach ~2,800 ft and a national forest boundary sign. Leave the trail here and head south to a gentle ridge at ~3,200 ft. Follow a bearing of ~100° uphill through old-growth forest. The gently rounded ridge becomes more apparent the farther you ascend. As the ridge steepens, stay to the left to follow the best terrain. At 4,600 ft, there are some rock outcroppings. Most are easy to navigate, but one is best passed on the left and by descending ~100 feet.  Another rock outcropping near the summit, is best passed on the right.


Descend the scramble route following it carefully. Be sure  to take the correct ridge at ~4,800 ft.

  • Difficulty: Strenuous 3, Technical 4
  • Length: 5.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,500 ft
  • 5,208 ft
  • Land Manager: Mount Rainier National Park
  • Parking Permit Required: National Park Entrance Fee
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 12
  • USGS Mowich Lake
  • Green Trails Mt Rainier West No. 269
  • USGS Mt Rainier West
  • Green Trails Mount Rainier Wonderland No. 269SX

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