Pinnacle Peak & The Castle (winter)

Trip

Backcountry Ski/Snowboard - Castle-Pinnacle Saddle

For AIARE instructors only. Moderate paced tour for intermediate sliders to Castle and Pinnacle Peak in the Tatoosh Range at Mt. Rainier. The vertical gain is approximately 2200 feet in approximately 5 miles round trip.

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  • Moderate, M1 Mountain 1 Ski
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 6.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,200 ft

Meet at the NE corner of the National Park Inn parking lot near the museum at 8:30 am.

A National Park entrance fee and tire chains are required.

This will be a moderate paced tour.  It is the responsibility of each participant to stay within voice distance of the participant behind them. 

If there are layers of interest, we will examine them in a test profile.

I will send you a map, description, profile, segment description of the route.  We will return to the trail head prior to 4:00 pm.

The AIARE field book is MANDATORY equipment to participate on the trip.  You will not participate in the trip without them.

You must complete the appropriate sections of the AIARE field book PRIOR to arriving at the trail head: Weather, Avalanche Problem and Avalanche Advisory Key Messages.  Use the enclosed segment description of the route for the travel plan and identify FOUR field observation locations where observations will be recorded.  We will use the AIARE Avalanches and Observations when performing our observations so bring a copy of it with you.

You will be using the map and the travel plan to lead the navigation to and from our destination.

Please check your email after 9 pm on the day before the trip, and in the morning before you leave for route changes due to avalanche and weather conditions.  If you do not receive an email at either of these times, the route has not changed.

The actual route will depend on snow, avalanche, weather conditions and participants’ abilities. If needed, an alternate, safer destination will be chosen by group consensus.

We will conduct a review of the day at the cars.

Route/Place

Pinnacle Peak & The Castle (winter)



  • USGS Mt Rainier East

    Green Trails Mt Rainier East No. 270

    Green Trails Mount Rainier Wonderland No. 269SX
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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
  • AIARE Blue Book
  • Tire Chains
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