Backcountry Ski/Snowboard - Castle-Pinnacle Saddle


Backcountry Ski/Snowboard - Castle-Pinnacle Saddle

Backcountry ski tour to Castle-Pinnacle Saddle in MRNP.

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  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 6.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,400 ft
  • Pace: Moderate pace but strenuous

Meet at Longmire parking lot 8:30 am, assemble and wait for gate to open.

Know your abilities:  steady skinning on long approach requires stamina and fitness.  Ski descent on open slopes, steep glades and trees requires strong intermediate to advanced downhill skiing skills.  Avalanche awareness:  AIARE 1 or equivalent.


Pinnacle Peak & The Castle

  • USGS Mt Rainier East

    Green Trails Mt Rainier East No. 270

    Green Trails Mount Rainier Wonderland No. 269SX
  • See full route/place details.
Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Boots, skis/snowboard, poles
  • Climbing skins (or other method to travel uphill on snow)
  • Avalanche shovel (metal blade)
  • Avalanche beacon
  • Avalanche probe
  • Ski crampons recommended
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