Mount Rainier/Success Cleaver


Alpine Scramble - Success Cleaver

A remote and very strenuous scramble (~5,400' gain and ~16 miles) on the southwest slope of Mount Rainier with intimate views of the South Tahoma and Kautz Glaciers. With no well defined geographic feature, our goal will be 8,000 ft on the cleaver.

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  • Sat, May 7, 2016
  • Seattle Alpine Scrambling
  • Scrambling
  • Basic Alpine
  • Adults
  • Strenuous 5, Technical 2
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 16.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 5,400 ft

Various P&Rs to accommodate attendees, then 7am at the end of the drivable portion of the West Side Road at Dry Falls.

Investigatory winter scramble to ascertain conditions relating to an ascent of Glacier Island Peak (e.g. condition of Tahoma Creek Trail, cornice conditions on Glacier Island Peak).  A photo of Glacier Island Peak taken from 8,000 ft. on Success Cleaver can be seen here.


Mount Rainier/Success Cleaver

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