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Unicorn Peak via Snow Lake, M1 (CLIMB FULL)
Unicorn Peak is a 6971' rock pinnacle located in the Tattoosh mountain range, just south of Mount Rainier in the national park of the same name. The climb starts with an enjoyable hike through trees to the grand amphitheater that houses Snow Lake. After navigating around the west shore of Snow Lake and clamoring over a boulder field, the route continues up a steep snow filled coulior to the top of the ridge. This section requires careful ice axe and crampon technique to ascend. Once above the chute, a winding traverse will end at the foot of the summit pinnacle where the technical rock climbing starts. A short pitch of exposed and fun 5.6 climbing finishes the climb to the top with commanding views of Mt. Rainier to the north. If the weather is clear, Hood, Adams and St. Helen's are all within view to the east/south. The descent will follow the same route down the mountain, including a short rappel off the ridge onto the snow chute.
Driving distance: 400 miles RT.
Hiking distance: 6 miles RT.
Elevation gain 2400 feet.
Unicorn summit block, Mt Rainier left
Snow Lake trailhead - Mt. Rainier National Park
Stevens Canyon Rd
Packwood , WA 98361
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