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Three Way Peak
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Three Way Peak seen from Upper Crystal Lake
Highest point
Elevation 6,796 ft (2,071 m)
Prominence 236 ft (72 m)
Isolation 0.59 mi (0.95 km)
Parent peak Crystal Mountain (6,998 ft)
Geography
Location Mount Rainier National Park
Pierce County / Yakima County
Washington, U.S.
Parent range Cascades
Topo map USGS Norse Peak
Climbing
Easiest route class 2 scrambling

Three Way Peak is a 6,796 feet (2,071 m) summit located on the eastern border of Mount Rainier National Park. It is also on the shared border of Pierce County and Yakima County in Washington state. Three Way Peak is situated 0.42 mi (0.68 km) north of Cupalo Rock on the crest of the Cascade Range. Its nearest higher peak is Crystal Mountain, 0.56 mi (0.90 km) to the northwest. Chinook Peak is 0.8 mile to the southwest. Precipitation runoff from Three Way Peak drains into tributaries of the White River and Naches River.

Climate

Three Way Peak is located in the marine west coast climate zone of western North America. Most weather fronts originate in the Pacific Ocean, and travel northeast toward the Cascade Mountains. As fronts approach, they are forced upward by the peaks of the Cascade Range (Orographic lift), causing them to drop their moisture in the form of rain or snowfall onto the Cascades. As a result, the west side of the Cascades experiences high precipitation, especially during the winter months in the form of snowfall. During winter months, weather is usually cloudy, but, due to high pressure systems over the Pacific Ocean that intensify during summer months, there is often little or no cloud cover during the summer. Because of maritime influence, snow tends to be wet and heavy, resulting in high avalanche danger.

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