Crescent Mountain


Alpine Scramble - Crescent Mountain

This is a long scramble. To get it done we will have to ride bikes into Ipsut Campground. We will try to combine this with Tyee.

  • Strenuous 4, Technical 3
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 23.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 5,500 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 6,715 ft
  • Pace: 1.5 mph

Meet at the Carbon River entrance to Mt. Rainier National Park.  Arrive by 6:30 am with the intent of leaving by 7:00 am.

For the cycling leg  your bike should be a mountain bike, a cyclocross bike or maybe some sort of hybrid.  A road bike will not be very suitable.  I recommend you have at least 32 mm wide tires and bring spare tubes and a pump.  A light might also be handy in case we have to ride in the dark.

The bike portion is about 5 miles each way; the hike/scramble portion, i.e., round trip from Ipsut Campground, will be about 16 miles if we do both Tyee and Crescent.  

The most technical portion of this scramble is the snow slope up to the ridge on Crescent.  


Crescent Mountain

  • USGS Golden Lakes

    Green Trails Mt Rainier West No. 269

    Green Trails Mount Rainier Wonderland No. 269SX

    USGS Mowich Lake

    USGS Sunrise
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Helmet
  • Mountaineering Boots
  • Ice Axe
  • To tie into the rope, bring a harness or webbing to make one, a prusik loop and a couple of locking carabiners.
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