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While Shriner Peak is not a peak that is readily recognized in its own right and is not very well known as one to climb, it provides amazing views for those who choose to do so. This is a favorite hike of rangers in the park and to be honest we would have never done it if not for them telling us about it.
The 8 mile round trip hike climbs 3500 feet which is fairly unexciting up till the last section. The initial part of the hike is through nice shady forest but it brakes into a surprisingly dusty and totally exposed trail for the majority of the primarily relentless uphill climb. There are no views to speak of until you reach an initial ridge that offers your first view of Rainier. It then drops down before a second climb to the summit. A small unmanned ranger station and a sign with the elevation lets you know you've arrived. Now, look behind you and behold: Mount Rainer in about as perfect position as you'll find anywhere in the park.
When we were there, a nice patch of bear grass was still in bloom, making for a great foreground to pictures of the massive peak.
The trail can be easily be done as a day hike but makes a great overnight hike. The small two campsite backcountry campground is a great place to pitch your tent and one of the sites affords views of The Mountain right from your tent. By doing this, you will get to watch an amazing sunset on many peaks near and far. Best of all is the sunrise on Mount Rainier itself.
Directions: Drive 3.5 miles north of the Stevens Canyon Entrance on Highway 123. The trailhead is located .5 mile north of the Panther Creek Bridge
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