Pinnacle Peak & The Castle (winter)

Trip

Backcountry Ski/Snowboard - Pinnacle Peak & The Castle (winter)

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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  • M1 Mountain 1 Ski
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 5.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,200 ft

Trail head meeting location

Meet at the NE corner of the National Park Inn parking lot at 9:00 am.

A National Park entrance fee and tire chains are required.

 Car Pool Location

This will be a moderate paced tour.  Trip participants must be within voice distance of the participant behind them.

You must complete the following sections of the AIARE field book PRIOR to arriving at the trail head: Avalanche Danger, Snowpack Discussion, Weather Forecast and identify FOUR or more locations where observations will be recorded.  The AIARE field book is required equipment.  You may not participate in the trip without it.

Enclosed is a map, profile, route description and segment description of the route.  We will return to the trail head prior to 5:00 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.

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 field book
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