Backcountry Ski/Snowboard - Paradise Area (winter)

This is moderate tour in the Edith Basin area at Paradise. Participants must be able to ski downhill on intermediate terrain in ungroomed, inconsistent snow.

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  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 3.25 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,430 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 6,100 ft

Be ready to leave the Paradise parking lot at 9:00AM - have skins on your skis or board.  A National Park pass is required to enter Mount Rainier National Park; a pass can be purchased at the gate. 

This will be a moderate paced tour. It is the responsibility of each participant to stay within voice distance of the participant behind them.  We will be traveling in Edith Basin and on Mazama Ridge.  There are many touring options in the area – we may alter our itinerary based on group consensus.

You must complete the appropriate sections of the AIARE field book or the first page of the Avalanche Hazard & Risk Assessment PRIOR to arriving at the trail head.  You will not participate in the trip without this information.  [If Avalanche Center forecasts have ended for the season, assess avalanche conditions based on the information available and be prepared for a team discussion at the trailhead.]  We will use the AIARE RED FLAGS AND OBSERVATIONS when performing our observations so bring a copy of it with you.

We will be using the map and the travel plan to lead the navigation to and from our destination.  Please familiarize yourself with the terrain.  We will return to the trail head prior to 3:30 pm.

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.

Trip Details

Detailed information about this trip can be found at the following shared Google Drive.

Contents include

  • Edith Basin Map.pdf
    • Blue lines indicate ascent/skinning paths
    • Red lines indicate descent/skiing paths
    • Gray links indicate alternate ascent/descent paths we may elect to follow on the trip
  • Edith Basin Profile.pdf
  • Edith Basin Trip Plan.pdf
  • Paradise Inn Meetup.png
  • Avalanche Hazard Risk Assessment.pdf


  • USGS Mt Rainier East

    Green Trails Mt Rainier East No. 270

    Green Trails Paradise No. 270S

    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)
  • Ski crampons (optional, bring them if you have them)
  • Avalanche shovel (metal blade)
  • Avalanche beacon
  • Avalanche probe
  • AIARE field book or the Avalanche Hazard & Risk Assessment
Trip Reports