Glacier Ski/Snowboard - Paradise Glacier

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Glacier Ski/Snowboard - Paradise Glacier

A classic ski route with often fine ski conditions

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  • M2G Mountain 2 Glacier Ski
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 9.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,000 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 9,200 ft
  • Pace: 800 ft/h

8:00 AM
Paradise Parking Lot in front of the comfort station.

At this time due to COVID-19, I'm discouraging carpooling with non-household members.   The trip plans and guidance may change at anytime due to changing conditions, this includes last minute cancellation.

The general idea is to ascend Mazama Ridge to Sluskin's Chair and then the Paradise Valley to just shy of Cowlitz Gap and then ascend the glacier , skirting the crevasse fields to "Little Africa" and then "Moon Rocks"  -- The descent route with retrace the ascent route -- with a possible variation to return via The Golden Gate.

Here is a rough approximation of the planned ascent/descent route -- based on my several prior trips to the area

https://www.gaiagps.com/public/TFtSCQ24F6WNAXhsShC2yKGQ

Because this route mostly above timberline , good visibility is needed for route finding , particularly skirting the crevasse fields on the glacier.      

If visiblity isn't great, we will discuss alternate destinations -- e.g. Cowlitz Rocks,  the standard Muir route, Castle Saddle , etc. 

Route/Place

Paradise Glacier



  • USGS Mt Rainier East

    Green Trails Mt Rainier East No. 270

    Green Trails Mount Rainier Wonderland No. 269SX
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Boots, skis/snowboard, poles
  • Climbing skins
  • Avalanche shovel (mental blade)
  • Avalanche beacon (digital only)
  • Avalanche probe
  • Ski Crampons
  • Self-arrest grip ski pole(s)

Glacier climbing gear:

  • Seat harness
  • Rescue pulley
  • Webbing and carabiners
  • Pickets or other anchor device
  • Rope
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