Beginner Snowshoe - Mazama Ridge Easy Snowshoe

Mazama Ridge Easy Snowshoe

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8:00 AM at South Hill Park-n-Ride
This is listed as an easy outing and it is but it is not EXTREMELY easy. I have had participants that ended up at the end of their physical resources by the end of this trip. That said, the forecast is expected to be cool but mostly sunny, a perfect day to experience the Mountain from the winter perspective that the Paradise visitors only marvel at from a distance. There is a short steepish uphill section on the south end of the route and a slightly steeper section on the nothern end of the route. You should have some experience and comfort on hills with your snowshoes. (30 and longer snowshoes may be problematic for you and trekking poles, not required, are a great help) We'll go slow so there will be lots of time for rest stops and photo ops. Along those time lines, expect to spend the whole day on this trip, it's not a timed conditioner, just an enjoyable ramble. Fast people are always welcome but be aware that travel speed will be dictated by the needs of the slowest person and a turn around is always possible. If we're really screaming along, I leave open the group option of detouring enroute to Reflection Lakes but the views are really better on the ridge and it's mostly just a matter of saying you've been there. I highly encourage new snowshoe students to consider this even if you are wondering if you are up to it. (E-mail me and tell me your concerns) It is a perfect chance to see what getting away from the throngs on the flat snowed over roads but close enough to have the security of the cars fairly close at hand. This trip goes rain or shine, snow or no and we will adjust the outing accordingly if the road conditions don't allow access to Paradise in a reasonable time frame. We're still in the winter months and weather changes rapidly and dramatically around the Mountain please be prepared for any weather. Do bring your 10 essentials but if you don't already have a map, DO NOT go out and buy one. I will have a map printed for each participant. We will need at least one additional driver if the trip is full and drivers need to remember that chains are required for ALL vehicles in the park and a shovel and kitty litter are good ideas to have too. Don't forget that each car needs at least one Park Pass or payment of entrance fee. The South Hill Park-n-Ride is the one right at the top of HWY512 just south of the Puyallup fair grounds. If there are any questions, feel free to contact me. e-mail is best since I don't hear real well over the phone.
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Required Equipment

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