Pinnacle Peak & The Castle (winter)


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

Day tour of the Castle with optional tour to Pinnacle Peak.

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  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 6.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,400 ft


Let's all make sure we are comfortable with the NWAC and weather forecasts.  The Castle and Pinnacle,-121.75878&z=14&b=mbt ,

leaving from the Nerada Falls parking lot.  The skiing is pretty moderate terrain
I'd encourage you to try create a tour plan, and be sure fill out the first page of your Bluebooks by Sunday morning.  Also try to think of alternate plans in the area such as Mazama Ridge or Muir Snowfield, and think about how the skiing conditions might vary and pros/cons.  If there are any specific skills you'd like me to go over (Avalanche, Ski Touring, Ski Skills, Navigation, Trip planning) I'd be happy to do so.

Moderate ski terrain.  Avalanche gear and skins required.  Bring ski crampons if you have them since it might be a little crusty in the morning.


Pinnacle Peak & The Castle (winter)

  • 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
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