Norse Peak

Summit: 6,856ft

Native land of the: Yakama and Puyallup

10m 3,000ft gain

Norse Peak is a great early winter hike with close up views of Mount Rainier from the northeast. It lies just outside of the National park in the Norse Peak Wilderness and Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest. You can hike here all year but there’s limited parking and much of the area was burned in 2017. Snow makes for a great contrast to the burned trees.

1st Trip: 11/02/2019

Moose and I got an early start this fine Saturday morning and only saw one other person who shared our same idea of fun!

The snow was pretty compact but Moose still loved it!

We followed a large amount of switchbacks at a moderate pitch through the forest until we reached some openings around 5,000ft.

The higher up we got the more dramatic Mount Rainier looked. At the summit we took a long break in a nice campsite with a tiny bit of shelter from the wind. Rainier was so clear I just had to have a photo shoot with Moose!

It was hard not to take your eyes off Rainier but there were more beautiful peaks in the distance. I took some close ups while Moose rolled around in the snow.

Mount Stuart
Glacier Peak peeking out from behind Lemah Mountain and Chimney Rock. Chikamin and Burntboot Peaks are on the left and Summit Chief Mountain is on the right.
Mount Baker behind Three Fingers, Whitehorse Mountain and Mount Index.
Granite Mountain, Kaleetan Peak, Chair Peak, Silver Peak, Gunn Peak, Baring Mountain and more.
Mount Adams

As I look closely at the vast maze of crevasses on Mount Rainier it’s hard not to feel small.

I hope to climb Rainier soon!
Little Tahoma Peak

After a fun time on the summit we retraced our steps back to the trailhead. Moose was excited to move again and started sprinting towards Mount Rainier!

What a perfect winter hike!

Moose always sleeps well after his mountain adventures!

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