Join us for a family group snowshoe led by a Park Ranger! The ranger will describe how the animals & plants adapt to the harsh winter conditions at Paradise.
Due to the 2 mile distance and 1.5 hour duration of the snowshoe outing, Park Rangers recommend that children be 8 and older.
Equipment: For an enjoyable snowshoe walk, you will need
Snowshoes are provided by the park only for those attending the ranger-guided snowshoe walks, and only for the duration of the walk. A $4.00 donation from each snowshoe walk participant helps the park provide snowshoe walks and repair and replace snowshoes. Additionally, the park concessioner rents snowshoes to anyone wishing to snowshoe in the park; check at the Longmire General Store for availability and rental rates. Or you may use your own snowshoes.
4.suitable boots (you will sink into the snow even wearing snowshoes)
7. Suitable winter coat & snow pants, synthetic long underwear & synthetic winter socks.
8. Water & snacks.
Optional extra activity:
After the snowshoe hike, families who want to stay can eat lunch in the visitor center (bring your own lunch---the cafeteria might be open) and then go sledding at the Paradise sledding hill if the snow cover and conditions allow. Bring your own sleds.
**For everyone's safety, use soft sliding devices-flexible sleds, inner tubes, and saucers. No hard toboggans or runner sleds.
**If the road to Paradise is closed due to avalanche danger, the park will offer a snowshoe hike at Longmire. In that case, the road will be closed at Longmire and we would meet at the Longmire Administration Center at 10:00am.
**All vehicles (including 4x4/AWD)are required to carry tire chains when traveling in the park in winter.**
**There is a $15 per vehicle entry fee at the park entrance unless you have an annual park pass.
Please go to http://www.nps.gov/mora/planyourvisit/winter-recreation.htm
for more info on visiting Mt Rainier National Park in the winter.