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Copper & Iron Mountains (Mount Rainier)

Copper & Iron Mountains (Mount Rainier)

  • Road suitable for all vehicles

Trip Date: 9/6/2014
Total Distance: ~15 Miles
Total Elevation: ~5600'
Total Time: 11.5 hours

Great weather. With party size of 5, dropped car off at West Side road, then proceeded in one car to Longmire for start at ~7:30am. Last chance for water was at Squaw Lake before heading up south slope of Iron Mountain with traverse W to ridge crest at ~5700' before heading to summit. From Iron descended a bit on W side before traversing to low spot between Iron and Copper, then ascended gulley (a bit W of ridge crest) to upper plateau of Copper and its summit. Descended from NW corner of Copper (just W of cliffs on N side) until able to move NE to reach basin between Copper and Pyramid. From there used standard route to top of Pyramid. Exited by way of Mirror Lakes, Wonderland Trail to Tahoma Creek suspension bridge, and abandoned Tahoma Creek trail to West Side Road parking lot at Dry Falls.