Mazama Ridge (Mount Rainier)


Basic Snowshoe - Mazama Ridge (Mount Rainier)

Overnight Snowshoe-- one night snow camping on Mazama Ridge--current forecast is clear weather both days--let's do it. Expect exceptional views and fun explorations. There will be a full moon.

  • Fri, Feb 23, 2024 — Sat, Feb 24, 2024
  • Foothills Snowshoeing Committee
  • Snowshoeing
  • Basic
  • Adults
  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 6.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,000 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 6,000 ft
  • Pace: 1.0-1.5

Meet at Longmire at 9 AM at the Museum where will will get out permit.  Cars that drive on to Paradise must carry chains.

We will park in the overnight parking at Paradise and access Mazama Ridge via Fourth Crossing.  We will camp on the upper part of Mazama Ridge with hoped for amazing views and then explore further down the ridge in the afternoon on Friday.  On Saturday we will explore northeast, up toward the Paradise Glacier, before packing up and heading back to the TH via Fourth Crossing.  All travel will be out of avalanche danger.  Participants need to be prepared for a long night in the tent--about 12 hours of darkness.  There will be a full moon. There will likely be an optional after dinner moonlight snowshoe outing.

Leader's Permission Required:  Participants need to have completed a Snow Camping course or demonstrate experience with snow camping.  Please tell me about your snow camping experience when requesting permission.


Mazama Ridge (Mount Rainier)

  • USGS Mt Rainier East

    Green Trails Mt Rainier East No. 270

    Green Trails Paradise No. 270S

    Green Trails Mount Rainier Wonderland No. 269SX
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Snowshoes
  • Poles
  • Tent that does not have a mesh sides
  • Extra warm sleeping bag or sleeping bag and a liner
  • Two sleeping pads to protect from the cold ground
  • Snow stakes or bags to fill with snow to stabilize tent against wind
  • Rope to stabilize tent
  • Stove and fuel
  • Extra fuel for melting snow
  • Blue Bag for human waste
  • Food for two days/one night
  • Shovel--we need at least three for the group
  • Warm clothes
  • Puffy or similar down-like coat
  • Long-underwear or similar
  • 2 or 3 pairs of gloves
  • 3 or 4 pairs of socks
  • A complete extra set of clothes in case you get wet.
  • Rain gear
  • Optional:  hot water bottle, reading material for the long night in the tent
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