On Sunday, I led my second scramble for the Mountaineers – Satulick Mountain in Mount Rainier National Park. We started on the Wonderland Trail near Longmire and hiked over Rampart Ridge to the Kautz River. The trail was washed out by flooding here in 2004, leaving behind a dramatic example of nature’s awesome power.
We weren’t quite sure how to scale the bank to reach the trail. We ended up heading down stream a bit to a waterfall (a mistake in hindsight) and climbed up the other side. We were greeted by sticker bushes that drew blood and a lot of swearing.
Once we were through it, however, the forest opened up and we headed on to find the crossing at Pyramid Creek. Vineeth spent a few minutes building steps for us to access the bridge.
Then it was onward and upwards to the summit.
Nick got tuckered out a little before the summit, so he opted for a nap.
The descent was quick and unremarkable. And we were back to the cars in no time!
Getting There: Enter Mount Rainier National Park at the Nisqually entrance. Drive about a ½ of a mile past Longmire to a large parking area where the Wonderland Trail crosses the road.
Round Trip: 13 miles
Elevation Gain: 3700’
Highest Point: 5577’
TH to Summit: 5 hours
Summit to TH: 2 ¾ hours