Let's hike Norse Peak Trail #1191 and Norse Peak View Trail #1191.1 to the summit of Norse Peak. We'll start at Halfcamp Trailhead. Norse Peak, with an elevation of 6,858 feet, is #8 on the Mountaineers club list of list of Fifteen Hiking Peaks at Mount Rainier National Park. You can log your ascents at Peakbagger.com. On the way home, we may stop somewhere for ice cream or dinner. I will need at least 3 people willing to drive.
Excerpt from “Day Hiking Snoqualmie Region,” by Dan A. Nelson
Hike #108 – Norse Peak. Hike here in summer and you'll want to pack several quarts of water, then toss in two more once you've got all you think you'll need. And you'll want to be hydrated and feeling good, because the scenery along these parched slopes will be something you'll want to see and remember for a long time. When you tire of the rainbow of wildflowers on the ground, you can look up to find breathtaking vistas around every corner. Herds of elk frequent the meadows, and mountain goats dance and prance around the rocks at the ridge top. Hawks and golden eagles soar overhead, and small snakes and alligator lizards live on the sun-heated slopes underfoot.
• Trailhead ETA: 9:15 am. • Round Trip: 10.6 miles.
• Starting Elevation: 3,986 feet. • Ascent Elevation: 2,872 feet.
• High Point: 6,858 feet. • Difficulty: Moderate/difficult.
• Pace: Slow/moderate. • Hiking Time: 7.25 hours.
• Special Features: Mountain views, summits, wildflowers/meadows, wildlife.
• Maps: Green Trails Bumping Lake, No. 271.
• Halfcamp Trailhead: N46°57'45.0" W121°28'49.1"
• Norse Peak View Junction: N46°58'04.6" W121°27'55.1"
• Norse Peak Summit: N46°57'24.4" W121°27'07.3"
What to Bring: Day pack with the 10 Essentials, appropriate hiking attire (no blue jeans, cotton clothing, or sneakers), plenty of water, lunch/energy snacks, sturdy/comfortable shoes + a bag for wet/soiled pairs, trekking poles, sun preventatives, bug repellent, and your camera! Dress according to the forecast (layers!).
Contact: Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Snoqualmie Ranger District, (360) 825-6585.
Permits/Regulations: Northwest Forest Pass required. Group size limited to twelve. Dogs allowed on lease.
Getting there: From Enumclaw drive east on State Route 410 (Chinook Pass Highway) about 34 miles and turn left (east) onto Crystal Mountain Road (Forest Road 7190) leading to the Crystal Mountain Ski Area. Drive 4.2 miles past milepost 4 to the fork at Gold Hill Road. The road sign is absent. Park on the south side of Crystal Mountain road and walk across the road to the fork. Walk .25 mile up Gold Hill road and you will find the Norse Peak trailhead on the left hand side.
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