I had a business meeting in Yakima, Washington and decided to squeeze in a hike of something on the way back to Portland, Oregon. I’d had Shriner Peak on the east side of Mount Rainier National Park on my list for a while and as it’s conveniently located just off Highway 12 between Yakima and Interstate-5, that’s where I headed.
The scene from the Mount Rainier viewpoint on Highway 12 let me know that today was not going to be the full bluebird, sunny day I’d hoped for – no rain but lots of clouds.
The trail was in good shape, snow-free, with a nice grade for 3,300 feet of elevation gain in just 4 miles. As I climbed, Mount Adams came into view, with the sun spotlighting it in a sea of clouds.
Finally – when the trail crests a ridge at 4,400 feet – I got the big view of the big one. Even though it was diminished somewhat by the clouds, this was a breathtaking view of Rainier’s east side (you can get a similarly striking view of its west side from atop Pinnacle Peak).
On top of Shriner Peak sits the old lookout built in 1932 and now on the register of historic places.
What a place to have worked! The view from your front porch would have been Mount Rainier looming to the west,
and Mount Adams, Mount Hood (which was briefly visible), and the entire Goat Rocks to the south.
It’s a bit of a drive from Portland or Seattle, but this one is worth a visit whether the skies are sunny or cloudy!