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Norse Peak Day Hike

  • Jul 5, 2014 · 7:30 AM
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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.

GPS Coordinates:

• 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.

Useful Links:

7-Day Weather Forecast

Halfcamp Trailhead

WTA Hiking Guide and Trip Reports

Robert's Cell: (253) 677-6992.

Disclaimer: Trailside is not a professional guide service.  Our leaders function, as facilitators only, to enhance your outdoor experience.  Reports of trail and weather conditions are based on best available information, are subject to change, and are no guarantee of fitness for any particular purpose or appropriate for a certain fitness level.  You may join us on this hike at your own risk.  Keep in mind that hiking involves risks and weather changes quickly in the mountains.  You are responsible for your own safety and the more prepared you are, the better the chance you will remain safe.  Signing up for any Trailside organized event indicates that you have read, understand, and agree to the terms of this disclaimer and hold harmless all Trailside Organizers and Leaders in the event of injury or loss.

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  • Joyce A.

    Joelle...you captured a hummingbird in the picture :-)

    July 6, 2014

  • Joyce A.

    Beautiful scenery....wonderful people :-)

    July 6, 2014

  • Lee J.

    and all good people, too!

    July 5, 2014

  • Lee J.

    working on some pictures.... maybe tomorrow. a great hike. very pleased :)

    July 5, 2014

  • Joelle A

    Beautiful hike!!!!

    1 · July 5, 2014

  • Joyce A.

    Should I stop at the McDonalds highway 5 12?

    July 5, 2014

  • Sybil B

    Joelle and myself will be in Enumclaw. I think maybe we should all meet at the Safeway there? There are not a lot of parking spaces by the trailhead.

    July 2, 2014

    • Robert A

      We should be passing by the Safeway in Enumclaw about 8:30 AM.

      July 5, 2014

    • Joyce A.

      I'm leaving Olympia and I believe I will be there right at 730

      July 5, 2014

  • Lee J.

    I may be wrong, but I believe the maximum group size in this area is 12 people. If that's the case, technically we'd need to split into two groups and stay a mile apart on the trail. Took a bunch of kids out once and got ticketed. $225. Could be wrong about this area.

    July 3, 2014

    • Robert A

      The maximum group size is 12, but I always have people drop off the last 24 hours before a hike, so I am expecting the group size to be 12 or less by Saturday. If we are still over 12 on Saturday, then we may split into two groups.

      1 · July 3, 2014

  • Joyce A.

    I am driving from Olympia. Anyone wish to carpool with me?

    July 3, 2014

  • Donnie

    Thanks anyway but I have all
    ready made other plan

    July 3, 2014

  • Pat

    I have a national park pass but I don't want to drive.

    July 1, 2014

  • Lucia C C.

    Today, my homeowner's association decided to come up with a project!!! ahhh So, I have to help with the community yard work in the morning. I cannot make the hike, sorry.

    July 1, 2014

  • Joyce A.

    I'll be coming from Tumwater if anyone wants to ride with me :-) I have a Prius and two open seats

    June 25, 2014

    • Lucia C C.

      Joyce, at what time you want to meet?

      June 29, 2014

    • Lucia C C.

      Joyce, change of plans. I cannot make it, sorry!

      July 1, 2014

  • Ruth

    sorry won't make it this time, have a great hike everyone! :)

    June 29, 2014

  • Richard

    I have America the beautiful pass : would like to catch ride as my truck only holds 2.

    June 27, 2014

  • Lee S.

    Robert, What is the current snow level?

    June 25, 2014

    • Robert A

      According to the WTA trip report on June 7, the trail was snow free until just before the junction with the Goat Lake trail, which is at about 6100 feet.

      June 25, 2014

  • Joyce A.

    I have an Access Pass.

    June 25, 2014

  • Ruth

    could I please ride with someone from the P&R to the trailhead? Thank you :)

    June 25, 2014

  • Lee S.

    What is the snow level at Crystal?

    June 25, 2014

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