Cowlitz Gap & Rocks (winter)


Alpine Scramble - Cowlitz Gap & Rocks (winter)

Spring snow scramble to access a less traveled part of Mt Rainier, enjoying fantastic views and practicing ice axe skills. Open to current scramble students.

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  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 8.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,400 ft
  • Pace: Moderate

South Renton Park and Ride, 6:15am

Cowlitz Rocks is one of the Rainier 100 Peaks, and offers more solitude than many other points accessed from Paradise.  It is best done in good weather, both for route-finding and for the amazing views afforded both en route and from the summit. It is appropriate for current scramble students and we will take time to practice ice axe skills.  While leader has been here once before, we will work as a group on navigation and route selection.  Recent reports indicate that crampons were useful (see Peakbagger), but I am not sure they will be necessary.  Hence, will ask ideally that both Micro Spikes and crampons to be brought by participants so that we won't be foiled by conditions. Pace will be on the slightly slower side of moderate, to practice skills and keep group together.  


Cowlitz Gap & Rocks (winter)

  • USGS Mt Rainier East

    Green Trails Mt Rainier East No. 270

    Green Trails Paradise No. 270S

    Green Trails Mount Rainier Wonderland No. 269SX
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Helmet
  • Mountaineering Boots
  • Ice Axe
  • Traction devices
  • Crampons, highly recommended
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