We are expecting a mostly sunny holiday weekend from Saturday September 3 through Monday September 5. This is one of two hikes we have the other one is Source Lake near Snoqualmie Pass . The Norse Peak trialhead is near Crystal Mt(near Mt. Rainier) and this old Lookout offers great views of Mt. Rainier. A few flowers might still be found at the higher elevations.
Photo below is views of Mt. Rainier that you get on the way up photo by Michael Fagin
Photo below is flower in the rocks, photo by Maria Lamarca Anderson
Photo below the view of Mt. Rainier up close!Photo by Maria Lamarca Anderson
Driving Directions: From Enumclaw drive east on State Route 410 past the town of Greenwater and turn left on Crystal Mt Road. Drive 4.2 miles past milepost 4 to the fork at Gold Hill Road (which is not marked). Turn left and park on this road (next to Crytal Mt Road) and walk the road about .25 mile up (unmarked Gold Hill road) and you will find the Norse Peak trailhead on the left hand side which is also not marked.
Trail Stats: Hike Norse Peak number 1191 to the top which is about 5.5 miles or about 11 miles which is an elevation Gain 2800 ft and high point of 6858 feet.
Directions and trail stats are our best estimate however please have a good local map and or a GPS unit.
Trail Passes Needed
1. Washington State permitThis provides access to state parks and recreation lands
Yearly fee $30
The fine for not displaying the pass is $99.
To get information on purchasing the pass http://www.discoverpass.wa.gov
2. Annual Northwest PassYearly fee $30 To get information on purchasing the pass
http://www. fs.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsinternet/!ut/p/c5/04_SB8K8xLLM9MSSzPy8xBz9CP0os3gDfxMDT8MwRydLA1cj72DTUE8TAwgAykeaxRtBeY4WBv4eHmF-YT4GMHn8usNB9uHXDzYBB3A00PfzyM9N1S_IjTDIMnFUBADW0rdA/dl3/d3/L2dJQSEvUUt3QS9ZQnZ3LzZfMjAwMDAwMDBBODBPSEhWTjJNMDAwMDAwMDA!/?navtype=TOPNAVIGATION&cid=fsbdev2_027010&navid=200100000000000&pnavid=200000000000000&ss=1106&position=Not Yet Determined.Html&ttype=detail&pname=Region 6- Passes
3. Interagency PassCovers all national parks and national forest
$80 a year For information on this pass visit
http://www.fs.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsinternet/!ut/p/c5/04_SB8K8xLLM9MSSzPy8xBz9CP0os3gjAwhwtDDw9_AI8zPyhQoYAOUjMeXDfODy-HWHg-zDrx8kb4ADOBro-3nk56bqF-RGGGSZOCoCAPi8eX8!/dl3/d3/L2dJQSEvUUt3QS9ZQnZ3LzZfME80MEkxVkFCOTBFMktTNVVJNDAwMDAwMDA!/?navtype=BROWSEBYSUBJECT&cid=stelprdb5150035&navid=200100000000000&pnavid=200000000000000&ss=1106&position=Not Yet Determined.Html&ttype=detailfull&pname=Region 6- Recreation Passes
4. Senor pass 62 years or older
$10.00 lifetime fee. Honored nationwide at all Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, and US Fish & Wildlife Service sites. For information
http://www. fs.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsinternet/!ut/p/c5/04_SB8K8xLLM9MSSzPy8xBz9CP0os3gDfxMDT8MwRydLA1cj72DTUE8TAwgAykeaxRtBeY4WBv4eHmF-YT4GMHn8usNB9uHXDzYBB3A00PfzyM9N1S_IjTDIMnFUBADW0rdA/dl3/d3/L2dJQSEvUUt3QS9ZQnZ3LzZfME80MEkxVkFCOTBFMktTNVVJNDAwMDAwMDA!/?navtype=BROWSEBYSUBJECT&cid=stelprdb5150306&navid=200100000000000&pnavid=200000000000000&ss=1106&position=Not Yet Determined.Html&ttype=detailfull&pname=Region 6- Recreation Passes