Trip Report    

Day Hike - Shriner Peak

Still in Spring conditions with snow above 4,750 feet to the summit. Had a good boot track so we were able to ascend safely using microspikes

  • Road suitable for all vehicles
  • Clear trail from the trailhead to 4,750 feet.  Snow the rest of the way to the summit.  Did the spring time variation where we hit the summit from the south following well established boot tracks all the way.

Led a group of 8.  We started around 8:30 from the trailhead.  There was no beta on snow/trail conditions from recent trips on WTA, however, I had led a scramble to Double Peak a few days previous, so I knew the snow line would be somewhere around 4,800 feet.

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We kept a good pace of around 1,200 feet per hour and took a nice break at the viewpoint at 4,500 feet.  We continued on the trail and then at 4,750 feet, there was snow covering the trail but here was a well established boot track.  Everyone put on their microspikes as the snow that was in the sun was softening, but the snow in the shade was slick.  We continued up following a boot path that deviated from the trail at 5,200 feet and we continued on the summit from the south instead of the western summer trail approach.  The snow slowed up down a little bit so our summit time was 3:30.

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We had a leisurely lunch at the lookout tower enjoying the perfectly clear views of Mt. Rainier from the Shriner lookout tower.  We also had views of Mt. Adams, Mt. Hood, Mt. St. Helens, Old Snowy, Double Peak, Cowlitz Chimneys, and Bald Rock.

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After a 45 minute break, we descended the way we came and made it back to the cars in 2:15.

There is still a ton of snow above 5,000 feet and it will take some time for it all to melt out.   Please use caution out there as what would be normally melted out trails are still snow covered, even in south and western facing aspects.