Norse Peak Wilderness begins just northeast of Mount Rainier National Park and reaches down both sides of the Cascade Mountain Range crest. Narrow drainages open below rockbound ridges that slice into an area dotted with basins and lakes.
Douglas fir, western hemlock and cedar with an understory of ferns cover the western side. The eastern side of the crest gives way to mountain hemlock, subalpine fir and alpine meadows before dropping down to a forest of larch, spruce and pine. Old mine shafts, tailings and derelict cabins on the southwest corner of the wilderness are remnants left from the gold mining days.
Rock climbers are challenged by the bold face of Fifes Peaks. Hike the Norse Peak Trail 5.2 miles to the summit at 6,856 feet for panoramic views. The Pacific Crest Trail crosses this wilderness for about 27 miles. Congress designated the Norse Peak Wilderness in 1984 and it now totals 52,315 acres and borders William O. Douglas Wilderness to the south.
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Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Naches Ranger District, (509) 653-1401
Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Snoqualmie Ranger District, Enumclaw Office at (360) 825-6585.
The Norse Peak Wilderness is located in the central Washington State Cascade Range north of Chinook Pass (Highway 410) and east of Mt. Rainier National Park.
Noble Knob, Raven Roost, Norse Peak, Goose Prairie. Download free U.S. Forest Service Topo maps here.
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Trailheads and trails that access Norse Peak Wilderness: