Mount Rainier/Ptarmigan Ridge


Intermediate Alpine Climb - Mount Rainier/Ptarmigan Ridge

One of Washington's preeminent alpine routes. Three-day attempt to climb this remote route.

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  • Intermediate Mountaineering Climb, Intermediate Ice Climb, Intermediate Rock Climb
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 20.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 11,000 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 14,411 ft


Priority for Tacoma Climbing community until 5/1/20.

This is a very challenging climb. Participants should have completed several intermediate ice climbs and be comfortable with significant exposure.


  • Experience on a carry-over trip above 8k.
  • AIARE 1, with recent companion rescue review
  • At least 3 intermediate ice climbs, or equivalent 

Please include the details of how you have achieved the prerequisites in your participation request.

Expect to approach via White River Campground, unless Mowich Lake Road is open.

Mt Rainier climbing permit required, @$51.  Entrance fee or annual pass required for park entrance


Mount Rainier/Ptarmigan Ridge

  • Green Trails Mount Rainier Wonderland No. 269SX

    Green Trails Mt Rainier East No. 270

    Green Trails Mt Rainier West No. 269

    USGS Mt Rainier East

    USGS Mt Rainier West
  • See full route/place details.
Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Mountain boots that can accept crampons (not hiking boots)
  • Crampons
  • An ice axe (not technical ice tools)
  • A sleeping bag rated to +20 degrees or colder
  • A sleeping pad
  • A back pack (40 to 60 liters)
  • Webbing and accessory cords
  • 6 straight gate carabiners
  • 2 locking carabiners
  • Large pear-shaped locking carabiner
  • Belay device
  • Climbing harness
  • Helmet
  • Chock pick (nut tool)
  • Rescue pulley
  • Fleece or puffy jacket
  • Rain jacket and full-zip rain pants
  • Belay gloves
  • Warm gloves or mittens
  • Cordellete
  • Picket or other relevant protection
  • Extra webbing or cord
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