Tuesday, December 18, 2012

KUOW Hike of the Week- Westside Road

Updated 12-18-2012
This is at Mt. Rainier Park 1 mile after the entrance. This starts at about 1900 feet so might first start off on minimal snow coverage and might need to first carry skis or snowshoes however with the recent snowfall you probably can just strap skis or snowshoes from the start.
Thanks to Karen Sykes for all the photos!!
Photo below view of Tahoma Creek one of several creeks you can view
Check out Green Trails Maps for directions. 269 S is the map for this hike. Click here for complete list of maps. 
Photo below pretty snowy surrounds you this time of the year, you will need to get in several miles to see this amount of snow.
Photo below is some of the wildlife- grouse
Photo below is flat Westside Road. Easy ski
Photo below is a good turn around point at 3.2 miles where summer trail is. Notice the avalanche debris on the hillside
Driving directions: From the Nisqually Entrance of the park drive (less than one mile) to the West Side Road and park (don't block the gate). Trail: Go about 3.2 miles and turnaround here which before the summer trail and avalanche chute. High point 2900 feet 1000 foot gain. For custom forecast anywhere in the world or if you need an expert witness in a legal weather related matter contact us Click here For our weather services or call toll free for information 877-969-4786. 
Always bring map and compass and GPS. Directions are our best estimates.

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