Little Tahoma Peak

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Little Tahoma Peak
Mt Rainier-Little Tahoma Peak.jpg
View of Little Tahoma Peak from Ingraham Glacier
Elevation 11,138 ft (3,395 m)[1]
Prominence 818 ft (249 m)[1]
Location Mount Rainier National Park, Pierce County, Washington, U.S.
Range Cascades
Coordinates 46°50′58″N 121°42′44″W / 46.8495529°N 121.7123171°W / 46.8495529; -121.7123171Coordinates: 46°50′58″N 121°42′44″W / 46.8495529°N 121.7123171°W / 46.8495529; -121.7123171[2]
Topo map USGS Mount Rainier East
Type Andesitic remnant
Age of rock Less than 500,000 years
Volcanic arc/belt Cascade Volcanic Arc
First ascent 1894 by JB Flett and Henry H. Garrison [3]
Easiest route Rock & Ice climb

Little Tahoma Peak, also called Little Tahoma, is a satellite peak of Mount Rainier in Pierce County, Washington and in Mount Rainier National Park. It is quite noticeable from Seattle over 60 miles (97 km) away.

Little Tahoma Peak is a volcanic remnant. It was once part of the larger structure of Mount Rainier but parts eroded away. The rock is quite unstable and in 1963 a large avalanche originating below it covered the lower section of Emmons Glacier with rock debris. The Fryingpan Glacier and Whitman Glacier are located just to the east of the peak.

Little Tahoma Peak can most easily be accessed from Summerland, an alpine meadow area in Mount Rainier National Park. The first recorded ascent was on August 29, 1894 by JB Flett and Henry H. Garrison who climbed from Summerland using the east shoulder.[3]

If considered on its own, Little Tahoma would be the third-highest peak in Washington.


  1. ^ a b "Little Tahoma, Washington". Retrieved 2008-11-25. 
  2. ^ "Little Tahoma Peak". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2008-11-25. 
  3. ^ a b Beckey, Fred W. (2000). Cascade Alpine Guide: climbing and high routes, Vol. 1, Columbia River to Stevens Pass (3rd ed.). Mountaineers Books. p. 126. ISBN 978-0-89886-577-6. 
Little Tahoma from Summerland
Little Tahoma Peak and Fryingpan Glacier from the northeast