Tuesday, April 24, 2012

KUOW: Hike-Ski or Snowshoe Rainier

There is plenty of snow at Mt. Rainier and one can snowshoe or ski this week or weekend and this is a "fee-free week from April 21 - 29 " at Mt. Rainier National Park. However the Westside Road is snowfree for the first 3 miles so one can hike that.

Photo below view towards Tatoosh Range from Panorama Point, Photo by Erik Levy

Check out Green Trails Maps for directions. Map for this week's trip is 269S. Click link below for complete list of maps.http:// http://greentrailsmaps.com/maps/index_Map_wa/
Westside Road Hike Trip Number 1
Photo below is waterfall just several miles in, photo by Tanna

Photo below hikers along Westside Road, photo by Tanna

Photo below is hillside of Mt. WOW usually goats can be seen, photo by Tanna
Photo below sometimes you can see wildlife (fox) photo by Tanna
Rampart Ridge Snowshoe Trip Number 2
Photo below is on Rampart Ridge over looking Tatoosh Range, photo by Karen Sykes

Trail Stats:4.5 miles total loop and 1400 foot gain. High point 4000 feet. The start of the trail is at "The Trail of the Shadows" which is located directly across from the Longmire Inn on the Nisqually-Longmire Road. Park in the Longmire parking lot and the trail begins across the highway. Once on the trail, turn clockwise. The route turns uphill at the Rampart Ridge trail junction. Trail stats from Karen Sykes.
Directions are the best estimates that we have so please bring map and compass and or GPS.

Driving directions: From Seattle South on I-5 to SR 512 (exit 127). East on SR 512 to SR 7. South on SR 7 to SR 706 in Elbe. East on SR 706 through Ashford to the Nisqually Entrance. Then drive to Longmire and park.

Photo below is at Mt. Rainier just below Paradise LOTS of snow, photo by Loren Campbell

Skiing (intermediate with good downhills skills at Mazama Ridge Trip Number 3

Photo below is ski touring above Paradise on the way up to Mazama Ridge , photo by Denis DuBois

Photo below is more ski touring above Paradise on Mazama Ridge, photo by Denis DuBois

Snowshoe Mazama Ridge Trip Number 4- Karen Sykes write up- click link
http:// http://www.visitrainier.com/pg/snowshoe/2/Mazama%20Ridge%20Snowshoe

Photo below is skiers carrying up skies to Camp Muir- only for the hardcore backcountry skier, photo by Erik Levy

After Playing in the snow

Attend the 3rd Annual Spring Mount Rainier Wine & Brew Festival, April 28, 2012 from 2 - 8 pm at Mt. Rainier Lions Grand Tasting Hall at 27726 State Route 706 E Ashford, WA 98304.

For more information click link below

http:// http://www.road-to-paradise.com/index.html

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