The trail to Pinnacle Peak in Enumclaw is one of the more popular local hikes for those seeking elevation gain and exercise. Also known as Mt. Peak and Mt. Pete, the trail takes you up 1,000 feet above the plateau in 1.8 miles. The Peak also has an interesting history dating back to 1921 when the first fire lookout tower of 30 feet was built, expanded later to 60 feet - offering great 360 degree views across the plateau and cascades.
Photo courtesy WillhiteWeb.com
As tower manning gave way to new technology for spotting wildfires, the tower at Mt. Peak was deemed to be surplus and torn down in 1966. Unfortunately, as the tower came down so too came the loss of plateau views that were so stunning from the tower. As you hike up today, you can find peeks (no pun intended) here and there but not the expansive views tower visitors once had.
Following is a video taken of the tower in 1961.
Video courtesy of Pat Roberts
Fortunately, a group of area citizens have taken up the cause and begun fundraising to rebuild the tower. They have already produced an architects rendering of the new tower. It looks pretty close to the original design.
Image courtesy of Pat Roberts
The challenge is funding. Completing the project is estimated to cost $500,000 and project sponsors could use all of our help in contributing to this very worthy local project. It would be so cool to stay close to home, yet climb 1,000 feet while hiking 3.6 miles round trip and be rewarded with some special views you'll find nowhere else.
For more information about the project and how best to contact project sponsors, following is a link to a July article in The Courier-Herald. Also, if you haven't hiked Mt. Peak yet, add it to your must do list. The following map provides directions.
You can also find more of the history of Pinnacle Peak/Mt. Peak/Mt. Pete at the following link WillhightWeb.com.