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Trip Report    

Alpine Scramble - Pigeon Peak

The much miss-understood Pigeon Peak, a challenging scramble for those serious about the Rainier 100. Not that far and not that high, just a whole lot of brush.

  • Road suitable for all vehicles
  • The forest service road is in great shape, we parked at the gate where the road is closed. 

We did not do the route listed in the Rainier 100 guide, we did a shorter more direct route that Tom Girard took in 2014.  We parked at the Gate where the road is closed, from there we walked the road which turned into a somewhat maintained trail that brought us down to the West Fork of the White River.  This has you crossing the river a little bit north of the Park Boundary.  Once across the river we headed upstream about 1/2 mile before we headed west to begin our ascent.  We began our ascent  a little bit north of Pigeon Peak.  Once we gained the ridge we proceeded through the brush to the Summit where we had a had a nice view the of Mount Rainier, Redstone and Sluiskin..not a bad view.  Avid bikers would be able to bike a lot of the road but be prepared to dismount and carry your bike in two places where the road has washed out.  Thanks to my co-Leader Sue Shih and some serious scramblers for a successful summit.