Basic Snowshoe - Paradise

Basic snowshoe trip through the valleys and hills around Alta Vista and Dead Horse Creek. Tacoma Basic Snowshoe students will have priority.

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  • Easy, Easy/Moderate
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 3.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,000 ft

South Hill Park-n-Ride in Puyallup at 7:30 am.  

South Hill Park-n-Ride is located at the corner of 94th St. SW & 104 ST. E, Puyallup, WA.
Please park in the southwest corner of the lot. 

Drivers MUST have chains for their vehicles and pay a park entrance fee (to be divided among all passengers). Mountaineers recommended mileage reimbursement for carpooling is a .12 per mile per passenger.

This snowshoe trip is for Tacoma basic snowshoe students needing a trip to graduate.  During the trip we will make a point to include some activity on steep snow if conditions permit.   The January field trip wasn't good for step snow techniques so hopefully we will get lucky on this trip. :) 

Sign-ups will be processed in the order received through leader permission request. 

NOTE:  If you are willing to drive, please note that as part of  your request.  I can drive but we will need one additional driver to make the trip happen.   Also,  weather and gate opening time at Longmire will dictate if this activity happens or is postponed to another date.  Final decision will be made the night before.

I will start processing requests on Monday, February 12th.

PLAN:   (Subject to change based on weather and avalanche conditions)

We will park at the overnight parking and work our way up the Deadhorse Creek Basin to Glacier Vista.  From there, we can return towards the visitor's center by way of the Skyline Trail then across Barn Flats to our starting point.  Along the way we will practice our skills with breaking trail, step kicking, side stepping, switching back, and maybe some plunge stepping.





  • 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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