Did this with my friend from DC on a nice sunny day.
Many years ago I went with my father-in-law up Pinnacle and Plummer peaks. We had a great day and had a great workout! Sunny and warm.
Fun scramble up the warm, sun-baked rocks. Had a snack and talked about routes on Rainier. Snacked on blueberries and watched fat marmonts on the way down.
Bring helmets. Definitely some exposure at times.
Nice short scramble. Great place.
We were scheduled to climb Rainier the next day, so we did this as a warmup. Lots of fun, and even got a sneak preview of Rainier through the clouds. A great taste of what was to come.
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.
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.
Great views, fun climb. Combined with castle for a great day trip.
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.
Combined with Plummer. Great scramble and at the foot of Rainier!
The day was clear, until we hit the summit then there was nothing bout clouds.
part of range traverse
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
This mountain is sweet like candy, I'll be it "crumbly candy".