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Northern Loop Mt. Rainier NP

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08/03/13 - 08/04/13

Tacoma Backpacking

John Konopasek

7:00 AM

Mowich Lake

Up to 55 miles, 11,500 elev gain and loss. 37-mile Northern Loop from Ipsut Creek plus 13-mile loop via Spray Park and Mowich Lake, including northern Wonderland Trail. Includes short side trips to Grand Park and Natural Bridge. Experience the wonders of Rainier's most remote, pristine backcountry with ever-changing views of Mt Rainier and its glaciers - traveling through lovely forests, vast meadows, over ridges and tundra-like landscapes, rivers and past several lakes, with an array of wildlife. Expect cool to warm days; freezing nights and light snow possible.
Two day overnight tromp around the Northern loop within Mount Rainier NP. This will be minimum 40.3 miles and 13.8k ft of elevation gain. 8-10 hour hiking days.
Route: Recommend camping\car camping at Mowich lake Friday night
Day 1: Mowich lake down ipsut pass over carbon river passed carbon glacier by mystic lake camping at Berkley park @ 6300ft(18 miles)
Day 2: Berkley park by Affi falls & van horn falls & James lake through windy gap beneath Yellowstone cliffs over carbon river back up ipsut pass to Mowich lake (23 miles).
Cost: split of $20 reservation fee. Entrance into NP $15 per car -- free if you carpool with me.
No dogs allowed on trail. No Cell service at TH or on the trail. I carry SPOT and radios.
Hiking expectation are to be safe and have fun. Be on time, or the event will start without you. Stop at each Y or agreed upon trail location. Carry 10 essentials -- map/compass with optional gps. Bear spray optional. Food/scented items to be stored in bear canister or package for use on bear pole. Pack light but carry the essentials -- my pack with food & water will weigh ~22lbs at start (14 lbs pack/gear + 3 lbs food 4.5 lbs water) aim for 25lbs or less. We'll talk about pooled gear -- jetboil / tents etc.

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07/29/13 @ 11:00 PM
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