Pinnacle Peak Climber's Log

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cmc56789 - Aug 30, 2006 6:44 am Date Climbed: Aug 29, 2006

Pinnacle Peak  Sucess!

I hiked in from Reflection Lakes on the main trail and easily found the scramble path to the top. Just enough challenge to be fun, but not enough to be stupid to do alone. Nice misty views of the surrounding Tatoosh Range, but none of Rainier. Followed this one up with Plummer Peak.


osatrik - Aug 26, 2006 4:09 pm Date Climbed: May 15, 1994

OSAT Tatoosh Traverse  Sucess!

I led an OSAT climb of Pinnacle in 1994. There was still snow, and we climbed through the Pinnacle/Castle saddle before traversing the south face to the standard SW ridge route to the summit. Daughter Vanessa was on this trip, and got a real-life experience with ice axe arrest when her step gave out on the traverse of the steep snow slope.

June 1996, six OSATers did the Traverse in the late spring from The Castle to Eagle, summiting them all. We camped just south of Lane Peak, which is the most enjoyable of the scrambles.


agreenstreet - Apr 22, 2006 12:38 am

Route Climbed: South Side Date May 21, 2002  Sucess!

Great views, fun climb. Combined with castle for a great day trip.


rialtosol - Feb 27, 2006 4:20 am Date Climbed: Mar 13, 2005

Route Climbed: South  Sucess!

Did Pinnacle and Plummer, great day with excelent views of Rainier. Snow was hard with a layer of ice. Crampons were helpfull on the north side approach.


ren - Feb 15, 2006 1:41 pm Date Climbed: Mar 13, 2005

Route Climbed; Standard 3/13/05  Sucess!

Combined with Plummer. Great scramble and at the foot of Rainier!

Jeffrey Zickert

Jeffrey Zickert - Sep 4, 2005 7:51 pm

Route Climbed: Scramble Date Climbed: 9-4-05  Sucess!

The day was clear, until we hit the summit then there was nothing bout clouds.

dicey - Sep 4, 2005 1:48 pm

Route Climbed: standard Date Climbed: August 13, 2005  Sucess!

part of range traverse


mntnplay - Aug 3, 2005 4:50 pm

Route Climbed: South gully Date Climbed: 31 July 2005  Sucess!

Picture-perfect dry day. Rainier looms above you from the wonderful summit. The final 25m of the south face route seemed steep with a lot of small, loose debris.

Rick Kent

Rick Kent - Jun 6, 2005 5:57 pm

Route Climbed: South Side Date Climbed: May 16, 2005  Sucess!

Climbed up with cp in light snow/rain and limited visiblity. Without a route description, we first traversed over to the Castle/Pinnacle saddle from the Pinnacle/Plummer saddle and then headed NW up a gully under the ridge. The rock was wet, slippery, and loose. Meltwater was running down all over the rock. We started dislodging a fair amout of rock and carefully downclimbed back out after difficulty began to exceed class 3/4. Twenty minutes later and after a short traverse we found the normal route which though still wet seemed quite easy and clean compared to what we had attempted. We bagged Plummer on the way out. Never really got any views due to limited visiblity. Can only imagine what the view of Rainier must be like from here.


esugi - May 29, 2005 12:26 am

Route Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: May 28, 2005  Sucess!

Climbed this peak last year in low visibility. This time, we hit Plummer first and traversed over to Pinnacle. Beautiful day with great views of entire Tatoosh Range, and of course Rainier.


cp0915 - May 17, 2005 1:25 pm

Route Climbed: South side Date Climbed: May 16, 2005  Sucess!

2nd time's a charm!

During a failed attempt on the last weekend of winter ('05), thwarted by high avy danger, horrible snow, low visibility and high winds, we turned around at the Pinnacle/Castle saddle.

This time, in a light snowfall, on nice, reasonably consolidated snow, and in poor visibility, we managed to get to the summit via the Pinnacle Peak Trail...after trying to find our way up a nasty, loose class 3-4 gully full of exposed wet, slick rocks. Downclimbing back out of the treacherous gully, a sketchy traverse landed us in the correct gully, which we joyfully followed to the top. No views, of course.

Tagged Plummer Peak afterward.


Dundeel - Sep 23, 2004 12:29 am

Route Climbed: South side Date Climbed: 1981  Sucess!

Foggy at the top. My brother never showed at the summit. He told me a large cat had faced off with him at the bottom of the scramble and he retreated!


esugi - Jun 11, 2004 12:18 am

Route Climbed: South Gully Date Climbed: June 10, 2004  Sucess!

Started from the Reflection Lakes parking lot at 4900' in rain. Snow from the trailhead. Rain turned to snow at about 5600'. Most of the summit scramble was snow free and combination of loose and solid rock. Could not see much of anything from the summit.


dmuja - Mar 24, 2004 10:45 pm

Route Climbed: South Side Date Climbed: October 24th 2003  Sucess!

This mountain is sweet like candy, I'll be it "crumbly candy".


pksander - Jan 10, 2004 7:35 pm

Route Climbed: South Ridge Date Climbed: October Somethingth, 2003  Sucess!

Great day, great views as far south as Hood


wildstar - Jan 4, 2004 6:16 pm

Route Climbed: South Ridge Date Climbed: Semptember 1995  Sucess!

Nice outing.


jasonconnell - Sep 24, 2003 9:32 pm

Route Climbed: South Side Date Climbed: September 21, 2003  Sucess!

Great little climb.

Did Pinnacle after spending the afternoon at the Rainier Mountain Fest.

Easy climb with a bit of exposure near the top, incredible views of Rainier.

Brian Jenkins

Brian Jenkins - Sep 15, 2003 10:59 am

Route Climbed: South Side Date Climbed: September 14, 2003  Sucess!

Nice and short from the parking area. Lots of loose rock though. If there is anyone above you, you really need a helmet. You can't help but dislodge rocks on this one. Kinda exposed at the top but not too bad. Great views of Rainier and the Tatoosh.


cluck - Sep 10, 2003 9:20 pm

Route Climbed: Tatoosh Traverse Date Climbed: 9/6/03  Sucess!

Left Logmire trailhead at 4:37AM, bagged Eagle, Chuta, Wahpenayo (short break and filter water), Lane, Denman, Plummer (short break, food), Pinnacle, Castle, (short break & water filter) Foss, Boundary and Unicorn. Blew off Stevens... too far away, too late in the day. Made it back to the Snow Lake trailhead around 11:00PM (18:30 hours) for a short rest, more food & Red Bull. Retrieved our mountain bikes out of the bushes & rode back to Longmire. Total time roughly 20 hours. 11 peaks & >11,000' in cumulative elevation gain. Tiring but fun. Hopefully will post a TR with more details.


Norman - Sep 9, 2003 12:55 am

Route Climbed: South face, mixed traverse from Castle Date Climbed: 9-6-03  Sucess!

We are not super man climbers, but this peak had some route options that made it a worthy challenge for us. Great Day on a mountain we have wanted to climb for years. I highly recommend this peak.

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