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Pinnacle Peak/Mt. Peak/Mt. Pete

The most popular hike up a mountain in South King County is Pinnacle Peak. Often called Mount Peak or Mount Pete by locals. It used to be called Mt. Pete as Pete Blascheck lived on the south side of the mountain and people thought he owned it. Pete died January 24, 1947 and lived there over 50 years. King County Parks has made it a park and slowly acquired more property to protect this little knob that sticks out of the Enumclaw flatlands. Since the views today are nearly gone, the hike can be done in any weather, year round, without concern you are missing any sort of big view. If wanting to really explore the mountain, print the trail map below and traverse the entire mountains trails.
South end of 276th Ave SE in the south farm areas of Enumclaw. See the map below. Plenty of parking off the road at the trailhead.
Washington Hiking
Distance: 1 mile
Summit Elevation: 1,801 feet
Elevation Gain: 1,000 feet
Access: Paved Road
The most popular trail to the top is the Cal Magnusson Trail. Several side trails branch off but most find their way to the summit without a map in hand. A steeper alternate trail leaves from the same trailhead but is not as obvious. The main trail will switchback its way up until hitting an old road. Turn left on the road and follow it until the summit area. A short rock staircase takes you up the final few feet to the summit benches.
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Columnar basalt near the summit
A view to the east just below the summit
Lunch on the summit 2014. Bench stretches between lookout footings
Pinnacle Peak from Enumclaw
Summit bench
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Map to Cal Magnusson Trailhead
Former Lookouts
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North 1934
Southwest 1934
Southeast 1934
Myron Schram
Myron Schram
Pinnacle Peak Lookout 1951
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Handmade by R.L. Miller (soon to be placed in local museum)
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Pinnacle Peak Lookout Replica
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Linda Makela Article June 1963
Linda Makela Article May 1964
In May 1929 a 30 foot pole platform tower was built by the Washington Forest Fire Association. In 1934 the WFFA constructed a higher 60 foot tower. In 1942, during WWII, the Army had an aircraft observation point located on Grass Mountain east of Enumclaw. But the location was too high for observers to live in the winter months. Pinnacle Peak was planned to be the winter low elevation observation point. At the beginning of the AWS program, in January of 1942, the peak was used occasionally as an emergency in place of Grass Mountain. So officials ordered and constructed a 12 x 20 foot garage and also constructed a road nearly to the top of the peak. It was then found that Pinnacle Peak was too close to a civilian observation post in Enumclaw. They were instructed to find a new location up Highway 410 toward Greenwater. So, thanks to the Army, Pinnacle Peak got a garage. In 1948 the road was completed to the summit. In 1950, a new 20 foot high wooden DNR 14x14 foot live-in tower was constructed. The lookout was last manned fulltime in 1964, abandoned October 16th that year. But, the tower was again manned 4 days in 1965 on March 13, 14, 20 and 21. It was torn down May 13, 1966 with a D-4 caterpiller tractor at 11:00 A.M. This ended 37 years of lookout service on the mountain. The DNR had hoped to preserve the tower in reserve for a few years but the tower suffered so much vandalism and break-ins that it was necessary to remove it to prevent a serious accident to children playing on the tower. Children from time to time climbed the mountain and played on and around the abandoned tower. The observation work previously assigned to Pinnacle Peak was transferred to Carbon Ridge lookout, 25 miles south of Enumclaw and McDonald Point tower northeast of Enumclaw.
Mt. Peak Lookout History
A 1951 Enumclaw newspaper article said water was hauled in and supplies are hoisted to the tower via a block and tackle. Myron & Ethel Schram were the lookouts. On clear evenings the Schrams looking through binoculars can look toward Seattle and pick out and identify most of the principal buildings and see the ships coming and going on Elliott Bay. On special atmospheric occasions the glass will pick up the waves on the Sound waters. Ethel told visitors of the first "fire" her husband located. It was early in the morning and great clouds of smoke were billowing up in the green forests to the East. Bringing his finder quickly to bear on the smoke he had the location in no time at all. Subsequent and speedy checking indicated that the "fire" had suddenly moved. It was then that Ethel still snug under the covers, took pity on her spouse who had his trousers in one hand and was manipulating the fire finder with the other, and meekly informed him that the "fire" was the locomotive of a White River logging train on a routine run. In their glass house atop the mountain the Schrams sorely miss their bacon for breakfast. Myron has just put his foot down firmly and decreed that there shall be no bacon. You see frying beacon gives off a smoke. And smoke dirties up windows. And the windows are washed by Myron daily.
In the September 12, 1957 Walla Walla Union Bulletin, it reported that Bernadine (Bunny) Shantz, a Walla Walla College student from San Bernardino, CA, was subject of a feature article in a Seattle newspaper, dealing with her summertime occupation as a forest fire lookout. Miss Shantz is on Pinnacle Peak, in the Cascades near Enumclaw. It is her second season as a lookout, one of her WWC teachers said. She keeps a pistol for protection in her tower, and soda pop bottles line the tower stairs at night to give her a warning of trouble. Miss Shantz is only five feet tall her teacher added, a 26 year old senior majoring in English.
May 1964: Residents of the Enumclaw community will miss the big light atop Mt. Peak, two miles south of the city, which for many years has glowed warmly throughout the nights during the forest fire season.
1930: Norman Webb 6/5/30 to 8/29/30
1931: Rodney Boothroyd 7/31/31 to 9/5/31
1933: Rodney Boothroyd 7/7/33 to 8/31/33
1934: Rodney Boothroyd 6/15/34 to 9/11/34
1935: Rodney Boothroyd 6/3/35 to 9/16/35
1936: Rodney Boothroyd 6/12/36 to 9/14/36
1937: Rodney Boothroyd 6/16/37 to 9/20/37
1939: Leo McCloskey 7/27/39 to 9/6/39
1941: Leo McCloskey 6/16-18/41
1942: Jim Thompson 7/1/42 to 10/14/42 (on Fairfax Lookout)
1942: Mabel Morgan 6/28/42 to 7/31/42
1942: Nellie Rollins 8/4/42 to 9/11/42
1943: Hazel Barker 12/9/42 to 2/28/43
1943: Helen L. Wills 5/12/43 to 5/16/43
1943: L. E. Simpson 5/17/43 to 6/30/43
1943: Sadie L. Greenhagen 6/1/43 to 7/31/43
1945: Florence Raberge 6/15/45 to 10/31/45
1946: Florence Raberge 5/4/46 to 10/31/46
1947: Florence Raberge 5/17/47 to 10/31/47
1948: Florence Raberge 5/22/48 to 7/21/48
1948: Marie Luxon 7/28/48 to 9/30/48
1949: Hester Harr 5/15/49 to 10/6/49
1950: C.M. Rinard 5/15/50 to 9/30/50
1951: Myron R. Schram 4/10/51 to 9/30/51
1952: Mildred L. Felsburg 4/21/52 to 5/30/52
1952: Kay R. Love 6/1/52 to 9/11/52
1955: Shirley McGinnis 6/6/55 to 9/7/55
1956: Bunny Shautz 6/12/56 to 9/15/56
1957: Bunny Shautz 5/31/57 to 9/15/57
1958: Don Raven Kortenbach 5/1/58 to 6/12/58
1958: Arlene Ness 6/13/58 to 9/5/58
1959: Helen Jones 5/14/59 to 6/30/59
1959: Bunny Shautz 6/4/59 to 9/30/59
1960: Helen Jones 6/6/60 to 7/1/60
1960: Paul Carr 7/1/60 to 9/15/60
1960: Lee Hemphill 10/1/60 to 10/14/60
1961: Nona Rains (Preston) 5/22/61 to 10/13/61
1962: Faith Henderson 5/24/62 to 10/9/62
1963: Linda Makela 6/1/63 to 10/15/63
1964: Linda Makela 5/19/64 to 10/16/64
1965: Carol Sorensen (March 13-14)
1965: Margaret Gutherie (March 19-20)
Mt. Peak Lookouts
1961 Video Of Hike To Lookout
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AWS Enumclaw Situation in 1942 of building a garage and road to the site
AWS Enumclaw Situation in 1942 of moving the AWS site to another location
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1929 WFFA Annual Report
Mrs. Harold Sorensen on left and Helen Alsgaurd (Culbertson) on right
Helen Alsgaurd (Culertson) and unknown man