Backcountry Ski/Snowboard - Van Trump Park


Backcountry Ski/Snowboard - Van Trump Park

Moderate paced tour for intermediate sliders to Van Trump Park at Mt. Rainier. Trail head to destination evaluation gain is 3000 feet. The round trip distance is approximately 7 miles.

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  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 7.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,000 ft

Meet in the parking lot north of the Longmire Museum at Mt. Rainier National Park.

Be ready to leave the parking lot at 8:45 am.

A National Park entrance fee and tire chains are required.

Car Pooling

To arrange a car pool, select the Roster tab in the trip description, and then the blue Email Roster button to get the car pool preferences and email addresses of the trip participants.

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

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

You must complete the following sections of the AIARE field book PRIOR to arriving at the trail head: Avalanche Danger, Snowpack Discussion, Weather Forecast, Travel Plan (using the segment description) and identify FOUR Field Observations locations where observations will be recorded.  Please use the segment description for the Travel Plan section.  The AIARE field book is required equipment.  You will not participate in the trip without it.

You will be using the map and the Travel Plan section of the AIARE field book 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.


Comet Falls & Van Trump Park

  • Green Trails Mt Rainier West No. 269

    USGS Mt Rainier West

    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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