Winter Scramble - Emerald Ridge Loop


Winter Scramble - Emerald Ridge Loop

Beautiful and strenuous loop to Pt 6032 of ~14 miles and ~4700' elevation gain to views of Tahoma Glacier and Sunset Amphitheater.

  • Sat, Apr 29, 2017
  • Seattle Alpine Scrambling Subcommittee - Winter Scrambling
  • Scrambling
  • Adults
  • Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 20.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,700 ft

7:00am meeting time at gated end of west side road, just short of dry falls.  There are no restroom facilities at this trailhead.  If the gate to the west side road is still closed (unlikely but possible), we will be start/end the trip from the junction with the Nisqually entrance road (which adds ~5 miles round trip).

Will hike west side road to reach Tahoma Creek trail.  Will hike Tahoma Creek trail (passing suspension bridge along the way) to reach high point of trail at ~5600'.  From there we will scramble to Point 6032 for great views of Tahoma Glacier and Sunset Amphitheater.  Descent will be on north side of Emerald Ridge via Wonderland Trail to reach South Puyallup Camp and great views of Columnar Basalt.  Finally we will hike the connector trail to reach Round Pass before hiking the west side road back to the cars. Photos from prior trips can be seen here.


Emerald Ridge, Klapatche Park & Gobblers Knob

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