Alpine Scramble - Wilson Cleaver Loop

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Alpine Scramble - Wilson Cleaver Loop

A very beautiful and strenuous loop scramble (~15 miles and ~6,500' gain) past Comet Falls and through Van Trump Park to a convenient high point near the cleaver just west of the Wilson Glacier. Only for folks that have done recent strenuous trips .

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  • Strenuous 5, Technical 3
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 16.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 5,800 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 9,200 ft

Various P&R's to accommodate attendees, then 7AM near the Longmire Museum for a last use of restrooms.

Update Post Trip (see trip report): Steep (trending icy) slopes above ~8300 made the blocky nunatak west of the original cleaver a reasonable mid season destination, with last year’s summit at ~8200’ on the cleaver a good early season destination (gulley providing access during mid season has high rockfall hazard).

A very beautiful and strenuous loop scramble (~15 miles and ~6500’ gain) past Comet Falls and through Van Trump Park to a convenient high point near 9,200' on the cleaver just west of the Wilson Glacier.   To ensure a safe and enjoyable time attendees should complete cross country scrambles of at least 4,500' elevation gain recently.

This trip starts and ends at Longmire with ascent via the Wonderland trail/Comet falls trail, and descent by way of the Rampart Ridge trail back to Longmire.  We will be doing a bit of cross country map and compass travel between the Cougar Rock Picnic Area and the Comet falls trailhead to achieve the loop.

Photos from past trips can be seen here.

Route/Place

Van Trump Park



  • Green Trails Mt Rainier West No. 269

    USGS Mt Rainier West

    Green Trails Mount Rainier Wonderland No. 269SX
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