Situated in near the middle of the Tatoosh mountain range just south of Mount Rainier, Lane Peak boasts the same spectacular views as it's neighboring peaks, but is slightly farther from the beaten path. Lane Peak is still a short hike from the road, but will allow you to find enjoyable scrambling away from the crowds at Pinnacle peak. There are a variety of routes to the summit ranging from 4th class scrambling on the south side in summer to steep snow couloirs on the north face in winter.
Drive to Mount Rainier National Park. The Longmire (West) entrance is closest to the trailhead. From there, follow the highway past Longmire and Paradise and park at the Reflection Lake Trailhead. In the winter, Steven’s Canyon Road is closed and the best place to park is at Narada Falls.
A $10 fee or park pass is required to enter Mt. Rainier National Park. Once inside the park, there is no fee to climb. Backcountry camping is allowed, but regulated. Permits are issued from the Longmire Ranger Station.
When To Climb
Like the other Tatoosh mountains, Lane Peak can be climbed year-round. For routes on the North face, late winter/early spring is probably the best time for good snow conditions. The peak usually has snow until Summer, but this shouldn’t be much of a problem. By mid-late summer, it should be completely snow free.
Camping in Mt. Rainier National Park is regulated by the National Park Service. There are many campgrounds within park boundaries - some pay, some free. There are also limited backcountry camping permits available.
The best resource for wilderness camping information is the Longmire Ranger Station. Stop by there on your way into the park and the rangers there will let you know exactly what camping is available. There are a handful of trailside campgrounds in the area or you can obtain a permit for backcountry and alpine camping. Permits for all wilderness camping are free and can be obtained at any ranger station during the summer. During the winter, the Longmire Museum is the only place open and they will set you up with a permit. Click here for more information on wilderness camping.
Mount Rainier National Park has 6 car-camping areas with a total of 600 sites that are open during the summer months. Sunshine Point campground is the only car-campground open year round. Fees to use these facilities are from $9 to $15 per night. Click here for more information on car camping in the area.
More information on climbing conditions and regulations can be gathered from the Mount Rainier National Park headquarters at Rainier National Park Website or by calling 360-569-2211, extension 2314.
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