Mount Ararat (winter)


Winter Scramble - Mount Ararat (winter)

Mt Ararat (winter)

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  • Winter Scramble
  • Mileage: 10.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,800 ft
6:15 AM at South Renton Park and Ride
DUE TO WEATHER AND AVY CONDITIONS, THE DESTINATION WAS CHANGED FROM THE FIRST CHOICE OF COWLETZ ROCKS TO THE SECOND CHOICE OF ARARAT Note that winter scrambles are open only to GRADUATES of the Scramble or Basic Climbing class. Students of either one must wait until next year to participate

Cowlitz Rocks is at Mount Rainier east of Paradise. The route up to the summit from Narada Falls is quite similar to going up to Camp Muir, but not as far, not as high and not nearly as crowded.

Note: If the clouds have completely engulfed Rainier or the Avy conditions are “Considerable below 6000 on SW-SE aspect” THE DESTINATION WILL CHANGE to Mount Ararat, which is in the southwest portion of Mount Rainier National Park and tops out at 6010’ with most of the route in forests. The final choice will be a group decision made on Saturday morning, possibly as late as the Ararat trailhead.
Both of these are all day trips, but are neither super technical nor strenuous.

Meet at the south end of the South Renton Park and Ride. at 6:15 AM. Call me on my cell phone at 425-442-6411 if you are running late and want us to wait for you. We can also stop in Puyallup to pickup any Tacoma / Federal Way guys.

- Ice Axe is always required.
- Snowshoes with aggressive points on the bottom such as MSR.
- Crampons and helmet are NOT required for this trip.
- Avalanche beacon, shovel, probe and the skills to use them are highly recommended but not required for participation.
- A NPS park pass or 15 dollars is required.

Cowlitz Route:
We will start at the Narada Falls, which is at 4600’ just a little below Paradise. We will then go up to Mazama ridge, via Reflection Lakes if the weather is really nice. We follow the ridge up past Sluiskin Falls, along the east edge of the snow covered lower Paradise Glacier and up to Cowliz Rocks (elevation 7450’). Here is a link to a map centered on the summit:,-121.704765&t;=t4&z;=14&hillshade;=18&coord;=latlng&directions;=off&label;=off&layers;=off&streetview;=on

Mt Ararat Route:
We park at the Kautz Creek trail head, midway between the park entrance and Longmire (30 minute shorter drive than going to Narada Falls). The elevation is a mere 2400’. We follow the Kautz Creek summer trail, which will be snow covered but is popular enough that the route should be we stomped for at least part of the way. We follow that to just south of the Ararat where we turn off and scramble to the summit via the southwest ridge. Here is a link to a map centered on the summit:,-121.851878&t;=t4&z;=15&hillshade;=18&coord;=latlng&directions;=off&label;=off&layers;=off&streetview;=on

I would encourage you to review and print these maps. If you can't get the 'Mapping Support' print feature to work, Press Ctrl-PrntScr to copy the screen Image to the clipboard, paste it into the Microsoft Paint program, crop it to size, and print it out. Please don't show up without map compass and the skills to use them.


Mount Ararat (winter)

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