Tatoosh Range

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Tatoosh Range
Tatoosh Range WA MRNP1.jpg
The Tatoosh Range from Paradise, in Mount Rainier National Park, Washington
Highest point
Elevation 6,971 ft (2,125 m)
Tatoosh Range is located in Washington (state)
Tatoosh Range
Country United States
State Washington
Part of Mount Rainier National Park and Tatoosh Wilderness
Range coordinates 46°44′42″N 121°42′00″W / 46.745°N 121.7°W / 46.745; -121.7Coordinates: 46°44′42″N 121°42′00″W / 46.745°N 121.7°W / 46.745; -121.7
Parent range Cascades

The Tatoosh Range is a mountain range located in Mount Rainier National Park and the adjacent Tatoosh Wilderness in the state of Washington, in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States.[1] The range runs roughly east–west, beginning with the southeastern Tatoosh Peak and concluding with the western Eagle Peak.[1] The range includes 24 prominent named peaks. The peaks average exactly 6,118 ft (1,865 m) in summit elevation, with the highest, Unicorn Peak, measuring at a height of 6,971 ft (2,125 m).[2] Visitors to Mount Rainier can view the range from the Paradise area,[3] and the range is popular with hikers.


Several of the peaks, as viewed from Paradise.
Unicorn Peak (left) and Manatee Mountain (right)

While some of the peaks, including the distinctive Unicorn Peak, are named for their appearance, others are named in honor of notable individuals. Lane Peak, for example, honors Franklin Knight Lane, former United States Secretary of the Interior.[4][5]

Like other ranges, the Tatoosh Range has seen its share of casualties. In 1924, an assistant mountain guide named Paul Moser fell to his death attempting to scale Unicorn Peak by a new route.[6] In 2004, 16-year-old Vasiliy Kozorezov fell and died while hiking off-trail below the Eagle Peak Trail.[7] Unexpected or extreme weather conditions can also cause problems. In 1946, heavy fog caused park employees Donald Carlson and James Pratt to get lost in the range for two days, but as the weather improved, they were able to find their way back.[8]

In 1910, a USGS crew made the first recorded summit of the peaks.[9] In the 1920s and 1930s, farmers regularly let their cattle graze along the Tatoosh Range.[10][11] In 1937, attempts were made to film the movie Thin Ice on location, but blizzards made it impossible, so the crew and actors Tyrone Power and Sonja Henie returned to California to shoot the movie in a studio, while director Dave Butler and a cameraman stayed behind to collect footage of the Tatoosh Range to use for the background images.[12]


Peaks in the Tatoosh Range include:[1][2]

  • Unicorn Peak: 6,971 ft (2,125 m)
  • Boundary Peak: 6,780 ft (2,067 m)
  • The Castle: 6,640 ft (2,024 m)
  • Pinnacle Peak: 6,562 ft (2,000 m)
  • Foss Peak: 6,524 ft (1,989 m)
  • Manatee Mountain: 6,524 ft (1,989 m)
  • Stevens Peak: 6,510 ft (1,984 m)
  • Bench Peak: 6,375 ft (1,943 m)
  • Plummers Peak: 6,370 ft (1,942 m)
  • Wahpenayo Peak: 6,321 ft (1,927 m)
  • Tatoosh Peak: 6,310 ft (1,920 m)
  • Cliff Peak: 6,038 ft (1,840 m)
  • Chutla Peak: 6,020 ft (1,835 m)
  • Lane Peak: 6,012 ft (1,832 m)
  • Denman: 6,006 ft (1,831 m)
  • Packwood Peak: 6,003 ft (1,830 m)
  • Eagle Peak: 5,971 ft (1,820 m)
  • Carter Peak: 5,970 ft (1,820 m)
  • Fizrenken Peak: 5,838 ft (1,779 m)
  • The Backbone: 5,835 ft (1,779 m)
  • Johnson Peak: 5,801 ft (1,768 m)
  • Butler Peak: 5,791 ft (1,765 m)
  • Moon Mountain: 4,911 ft (1,495 m)
  • Rainbow Mountain: 4,754 ft (1,449 m)


During the summer, the Tatoosh Range is a popular attraction for hikers. From within Mount Rainier National Park, the range can be accessed from Eagle Peak Trailhead, Pinnacle Peak Trailhead, and Snow Lake Trailhead.[1] Tatoosh Peak and Butter Peak are located outside of Mount Rainier National Park, but may be accessed from the Tatoosh Wilderness Area.[1] Some peaks are able to be reached by hillwalking, while others can only be summited on alpine routes by scrambling and rock climbing. In the winter, the range is used by skiers[13] and snowshoers.[14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e Mandrake. "Tatoosh Range." SummitPost.org, 2006. Accessed on July 15, 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Park Map." National Park Service. Accessed on July 15, 2011.
  3. ^ "Building isn't quite paradise." Eugene Register-Guard, June 14, 1999. Accessed on July 15, 2011, from Google News Archive.
  4. ^ "Named in Lane's Memory." The New York Times November 5, 1921. Accessed on July 15, 2011, from Google News Archive.
  5. ^ "Mountain to Be Lane Memorial." The Milwaukee Journal, June 25, 1921. Accessed on July 16, 2011.
  6. ^ "Mountain Guide Falls to Death." Spokane Daily Chronicle, August 23, 1924. Accessed on July 15, 2011, from Google News Archive.
  7. ^ "Youth, 16, falls to his death in Mount Rainier park." The Seattle Times, November 14, 2004. Accessed on July 15, 2011 from Google News Archive.
  8. ^ "Missing Rainier Employes Return." Ellensburg Daily Record, August 17, 1946.
  9. ^ Nelson, Jim, and Potterfield, Peter. Climbs in the Cascades: Alpine routes, sport climbs & crag climbs. The Mountaineers Books, 2000. Accessed on July 18, 2011.
  10. ^ "Room Improvement Club Prize." The Chehalis Bee-Nugget, Octer 23, 1925. Accessed on July 15, 2011, from Google News Service.
  11. ^ "Revival Meetings at Randle." The Chehalis Bee-Nugget, July 3, 1931. Accessed on July 15, 2011, from Google News Service.
  12. ^ "Mountain Won't Be Movie Actor; Company Leaves." Ellensburg Daily Record, April 9, 1937. Accessed on July 16, 2011, from Google News Archive.
  13. ^ King, Gordon. "Backcountry skiers glide across a semi-melted lake." Seattle Times, September 5, 2009. Accessed on July 15, 2011.
  14. ^ Sykes, Karen. "Hike Of The Week: A peaceful path to a lofty perch." Seattle Post-Intelligencer, December 8, 2004. Accessed on July 15, 2011, from Google News Archive.

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