Wallace Peak

Scramble one of the 100 highest peaks in Mount Rainier National Park. It's 12.5 miles round trip with 4,300 feet of elevation gain.

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 old ranger station at the Mount Rainier National Park boundary (1,900 ft).

approach & ascent

Hike or bike the old Carbon River Road from the park boundary for 5 miles, gaining 600 feet of elevation, to the Carbon River Trailhead and Ipsut Creek Camp (2,400 ft). Hike the Carbon River Trail 2 miles and turn left onto the Northern Loop Trail crossing the Carbon River. Leave the trail at 4,650 ft and hike on a rising traverse to the saddle west of Chenius Lakes. Follow the ridge from the saddle northwest to Wallace Peak. Near the summit block traverse left around the peak to its  southwest ridge and scramble ~100 feet to the summit (5,760 ft).


  • Thought tempting, route up the rocky summit block directly from the norhtwest ridge involves Class 5 climbing.
  • Suitable Activities: Scrambling
  • Seasons: May, June, July, August, September, October
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Strenuous 3, Technical 3, Rock Scramble
  • Length: 12.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,300 ft
  • 5,760 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
  • Green Trails Mt Rainier West No. 269
  • USGS Mowich Lake
  • Green Trails Mount Rainier Wonderland No. 269SX

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