Plummer Peak

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Plummer Peak
Plummer Peak, Washington.jpg
Plummer Peak
Highest point
Elevation 6,374 ft (1,943 m) [1] NAVD 88
Prominence 410 ft (125 m) [1]
Coordinates 46°45′12″N 121°44′22″W / 46.753364°N 121.739524°W / 46.753364; -121.739524Coordinates: 46°45′12″N 121°44′22″W / 46.753364°N 121.739524°W / 46.753364; -121.739524[1]
Geography
Parent range Cascades, Tatoosh Range
Topo map USGS Mount Rainier East

Plummer Peak is a summit located in Mount Rainier National Park in Lewis County, Washington. With an elevation of 6,374 feet (1,943 m)[1] it is the seventh highest peak in the Tatoosh Range. It was named for Fred G. Plummer, a Forest Service cartographer who taught geography in Tacoma Public Schools.[2] [3]

Hiking to the summit requires a mix of hillwalking and scrambling.[4] The area is also used for skiing,[5] though avalanches present a danger; in 1988, skier Pamela Benton Lee died after being buried by an avalanche on Plummer Peak.[6]

From the peak, views of Mount Rainier, the town of Packwood, the Goat Rocks, Mount St. Helens, and Mount Adams are visible.[7] A small tarn is located on the side of the summit.[7] A col called "The Saddle" creates a walkable ridge connecting Plummer Peak to its neighbor, Pinnacle Peak.[8]

The Tatoosh Range, taken near Paradise, in Mount Rainier National Park, Washington USA

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Plummer Peak." Peakbagger.com. Accessed on July 18, 2011.
  2. ^ "Origins of Landmark Names". Tacoma News Tribune. Archived from the original on 2012-09-08. Retrieved 2011-07-18. 
  3. ^ Reese, Gary Fuller (1989). Origins of Pierce County Place Names. R&M Press. 
  4. ^ "Plummer Peak". Peakware.com. Retrieved 2011-07-18. 
  5. ^ Nelson, Jim; Potterfield, Peter (2000). Climbs in the Cascades: Alpine routes, sport climbs & crag climbs. The Mountaineers Books. Retrieved 2011-07-18. 
  6. ^ "Searchers Find Body of Buried Skier". Ocala Star-Banner. 1988-03-08. Retrieved 2011-07-18. 
  7. ^ a b "Pinnacle Saddle / Plummer Peak". Visit Rainier. Retrieved 2011-07-18. 
  8. ^ Sykes, Karen (2004-08-04). "Here's one trek suitable for those hot days". Hike Of The Week. Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved 2011-07-19.