Ascent of Pinnacle Peak on 2015-03-01

Climber: Greg Slayden

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, March 1, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Pinnacle Peak
    Elevation:1801 ft / 548 m

Ascent Trip Report

I made a nice little mini-adventure out of my climb of this popular local hill.

I put my bicycle in the back of my car, drove to the Mud Mountain Road trailhead SW of the peak, parked, and hopped on my bike for a three-mile ride on flat, uncrowded farm roads counter-clockwise around the mountain. At the north trailhead, I locked my bike to a signpost (no bike rack) and hiked up the steep, eroded, but popular Magnusson trail to the summit area. It was a nice weekend day and the trailheads and trails were crowded with friendly locals.

I went to the summit area, crowded with some families, and then, using a trail map I picked up below, navigated a maze of unsigned trails downhill to an overlook with some nice sitting rocks and cleared trees that offered a stunning view of the north side of Mount Rainier. I had this area to myself as I snacked and rested. On my way out I met an old-timer who called that area the "chapel" where he went to pray sometimes. I re-tagged the summit rocks, returned to the outlook, and the guy pointed out some huge soaring eagles as we chatted. He had attempted Rainier to 12K on the Emmons once, but was now, sadly, a bit out of shape.

I took a rough trail straight downhill from the "chapel" and eventually made my way to the gated gravel road on the SW side of the peak. The map showed several trails that cut switchbacks, and I used all that I could, as nice alternates to the rough, wide gravel roadway. My car was waiting on Mud Mountain Road, once past the gate.

Then I drove back to the north trailhead, threw my bike back in, and was off for home. Doing the traverse on this peak is definitely a more fun way to experience this pleasant summit and its county park (no parking fees).
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1126 ft / 342 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1177 ft / 358 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.4 mi / 3.9 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1026 ft / 312 m
    Distance:0.9 mi / 1.4 km
    Route:Magnusson Tr
    Start Trailhead:N Trailhead  775 ft / 236 m
    Time:45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1177 ft / 358 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1077 ft / 328 m; Extra: 100 ft / 30m
    Gain on way out:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:1.6 mi / 2.6 km
    Route:SW Road & trails
    End Trailhead:SW Trailhead  724 ft / 220 m
    Time:45 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Greg Slayden
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