Unicorn Peak/South Side


Basic Alpine Climb - Unicorn Peak/South Side

This activity opens 5/9/20 and all emails sent before this date will be deleted. Priority will be given to current students in the Olympia Basic Climbing Course until 5/23/20. This is a mentored trip for Jason Wilson. Please contact him directly for any questions.

  • Basic Alpine Climb, Strenuous 1, Technical 1
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 5.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,600 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 6,972 ft


Parking Pass: National Park Pass

Trail Conditions: As of xx/xx/xx the trail is mostly snow covered

Weather: Expect rain and wind

NOAA Weather

Map: Green Trails Mt Rainier East 270, USGS Mount Rainier East

USGS Map Download for Mount Rainier East

Proposed Route GPX Download


Summit Post



Unicorn Peak/South Side

Required Equipment

Required Equipment


  • The Ten Essentials
  • Mountain boots that can accept crampons (not hiking boots)
  • Crampons
  • Snowshoes (Will decide the day of if we will carry them)
  • Ice axe 
  • Helmet
  • Harness
  • Nut tool
  • Belay gloves
  • Personal anchor
  • Belay device
  • 1 large pear locker carabiners
  • locker carabiners
  • 4 non locker  carabiners
  • 1 x double runner (8 foot of 1 inch tubular nylon webbing)
  • 2 x single runner (4 foot of 1 inch tubular nylon webbing)
  • Rock shoes (optional)


  • 2 x rappel rings
  • 1 x trad rack
  • 6 x single alpine draws
  • 2 x double alpine draws
  • 2 x anchor material
  • 2 x Rescue pulley
  • 1 x 60 m rope
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