Mazama Ridge (Mount Rainier)


Basic Snowshoe - Mazama Ridge (Mount Rainier)

The "I'm tired of shopping!" escape

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  • M1 Mountain 1 Ski, Moderate
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 6.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,000 ft

7:30 at the Puyallup South Hill Park and Ride

This trip is meant mostly for those students who were unable to complete their Basic Snowshoeing graduation requirements last year athough anyone with a Basic badge or above can sign up, you may get bumped for a returning student.

Forget what the official write up has. We'll leave the Paradise parking lot and head down the Narada Falls trail to the Stevens Canyon Road, back up the Paradise Basin Road to the Lakes Trail junction, up the trail to Inspiration Saddle, along Mazama Ridge north, head downhill near the Fourth Crossing, hit the Paradise Basin Road again near the bridge and then take the road back up to the parking lot.

Down the Narada falls trail is a bit steep and down the Mazama Ridge is a bit steep but nothing the Tacoma Basic course hasn't prepared you for. Just be aware. It is also at the upper levels of the "easy+" range so it will take a bit of effort and once we hit the ridge, there are no shortcuts to take back.

We'll go regardless of the weather (short of huge storms) but any avalanche conditions will cause re-evaluation. Should either avalanche conditions or extemely late (or not at all) opening of the Longmire gate happen, the fall back plan is to do at least part of the Rampart Ridge trail, depending on the roster. It's just a bit above the easy+ level because of elevation gain but we'll still make the trip countable for course requirements. Of course, even when we get to the park, current conditions observations could cause us to turn around. "Be safe, have fun destinations are optional."

Be sure to bring lunch, dress for any weather and a camera might be nice if the weather cooperates.

If you don't have a map or don't want to download one, don't buy one. I'll have one for each participant.

If I've left any questions, please email me.


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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