With neiffer. Fun day out. Did the traverse in 3 hours.
Easy scrambling to the top. Hardly class 3.
of three, that day with Maddie. The only somewhat technical peak of the day, and more fun than Plummer or Denman. A guy on the way up told us it was going to be class 6 or 7. We had a good laugh. Fun climb with a good amount of exposure for how short it lasted.
The main page says the "easiest route is Class 4" but that is not at all accurate. There is definitely Class 3 on this peak, with a lot of slopes with loose pebbles, but most moderate-to-experienced mountaineers should be OK if they just take some time to look for the best holds. Even more care should be given to the descent. Great views from the summit and highly recommended.
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This was the first climb of a two peak weekend. We went with a Mazama's group and did the East Ridge. Great approach trail and a fun rock route. Rappelled down the west route to the return trail. Looking forward to going out there again. Zero snow except for a small patch here and there along the edge of the trail.
Awesome day trip! Stevens Canyon Road was closed due to snow, so my friends and I parked at Narada Falls and took the 1.5ish mile trail to Reflection Lake. From there, we followed the Pinnacle Saddle Trail. Once at the saddle, we hiked to the top of Plummer, and then scrambled to the top of Pinnacle. Looking at Pinnacle Peak from the top of Plummer, I didn't think that it would be wise to try the Pinnacle scramble without ropes. We decided to do it anyway, and it wasn't nearly as bad/exposed as it looked from a distance. Lots of fun, spectacular views! We arrived at the parking lot around 9AM, and were home (near Tacoma) by 4:30PM.
10/03/14 Ran up the peak quickly after taking morning pictures at reflection lake. Great views and fun little summit
Unicorn, Foss, The Castle, and Pinnacle. See my report:
Absolutely stunning fall colors and a fun scramble to Pinnacle
Started on the trail from Reflection Lakes at about 4pm on a Tuesday. I passed a lot of people who were coming down, but once I reached the saddle I had the whole place to myself. The first part of the ascent was loose and scree-ish, but it got more solid, steeper, and more fun as I went higher. I wanted to watch the sunset from the top, but I decided I'd better head down just after 6:00 because I had a 3-hour drive back to Portland ahead of me!
Quick and easy scramble. Didn't seem as loose as everyone here says it is.
Came back this weekend to get Pinnacle Peak and The Castle...ended up linking in Foss Peak. Pinnacle was a great Class 3-4 climb and enjoyable start to the day. Great views and great weather.
The Falcon Guide claims this is class 2. Which turned out to be a good way to get me to try a class 4 route. Kinda proud of myself. Incredible views.
Super fun route up the back side from the saddle. It certainly pushes the limits of scrambling in the Cascades.
After deciding that Unicorn wasn't enough climbing for the drive time from Corvallis, we decided to do Pinnacle with very little knowledge of the route. We assumed that we had to follow the southwest ridge to the summit, which was a big mistake; the scree is "to die for" in that area. We struggled to downclimb without dislodging some of the bigger pieces.
Parked at Narada Falls and headed up the road to the Reflection Lakes trailhead. We actually ended up booting up to the Castle-Pinnacle saddle, and then traversing around the backside of Pinnacle to hit the SW gully. Great climb, super straightforward, and awesome views of the rest of the Tatoosh!
Climbed Pinnacle and Castle yesterday with BoeAlps. Both fun, but beware climbing the south face class 4 scramble on Pinnacle; lots of loose rock, some pretty big pieces too. Make sure your party stays off to the right out of harms way. Snow conditions were great for kicking steps. Quite a few moats on the south face of Pinnacle from the saddle between Castle to the gully. Parked at Narrada Falls and hiked up to the road. The road is plowed to Reflection Lake and beyond, not sure why it isn't open. Any questions, send me a message.
I remember this climb being slightly terrifying, but super fun and really rewarding. The scary part was the way down. We climbed at dusk and had an incredible view - the whole sky was pink and orange. Gorgeous.