Basic Snowshoe - Paradise


Basic Snowshoe - Paradise

An early season snowshoe romp to find good snowshoeing around Paradise. Snow is forecast, so we will get the chance to use map, compass, GPS (handheld or phone), and good group judgement to experience early winter snowfall on Mt. Rainier.

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  • Easy/Moderate
  • Easy
  • Elevation Gain: 500 ft

We will meet at Longmire in the parking lot near the outdoor restrooms at 0900. We may drift into the lodge to meet each other if conditions drive us inside. About a meter of snow is set to fall between now, wednesday, and sunday, so we may have to wait for the road to be plowed. Depending on road conditions, we may have to alter our destination, but most likely we will be able to get to Paradise.

For road conditions:

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At our final parking spot, whatever that is, we will discuss among the group where all of us would like to go. Probably finding our way to Alta Vista. With new snow, the snowshoes will get more use than they have had after a very dry time this past winter.

The new snowfall might be heavy. We will avoid steep areas like Panorama Point. This will be an easy trip without avalanche hazard.

This file you can download and open in Google Earth and other mapping software programs like Garmin BaseCamp (all free), , describes a general route I took last March in the same area we will be snowshoeing. You can see that we need to avoid the moraine to the left. We do not get onto Panorama Point.

We will have an interactive tour where everyone will get the chance to navigate and share thoughts on where to go. 



  • 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
  • Note that map and compass are in the 10 essentials.
  • Cars: Chains must be in the car to drive above Longmire. We can switch chains between cars as needed.
  • Mt. Rainier entry fee or National Parks Pass.
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