Bullion Basin (winter)

A moderate snowshoe or backcountry ski trip to a quiet, scenic basin east of Mount Rainier.

getting there

Drive SR 410 to the Bullion Basin Trailhead (No. 1156) at the Crystal Mountain Ski Area.  The trailhead is located east of the ski area parking lots


The trail ascends at a moderate grade, and in about two miles, the trail enters into a flat, open basin.  This scenic basin makes for a great lunch spot as well as a winter and snow camping practice.


  • It is possible to continue on to the ridgetop for even better views, but check the avalanche forecast and make your own avalanche assessment before you do. These slopes can be avalanche prone.

FOr leaders

Permit information

As of 2017, the Snoqualmie Ranger District considers Mountaineers trips and courses to be "nominal use". Leaders should print and copy this designation letter to show rangers they may see on trail or carry a digital copy on their phone.

If you are leading a course related field trip at this location with a party size greater than 12 please contact Member Services at info@mountaineers.org with group size  and dates. 

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Length: 4.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,500 ft
  • 5,800 ft
  • USGS Norse Peak
  • Green Trails Bumping Lake No. 271
  • Green Trails Mount Rainier Wonderland No. 269SX

Upcoming Activities

Ski Leadership Training Field Trip - Bullion Basin (winter)

Outdoor Leadership Field trip: Ski Leader Training
Ski Leadership Training Field Trip
Difficulty: Moderate
Sat, Mar 2, 2019
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
2 participants
Registration closes Feb 28
Foothills Branch

Backcountry Snowshoe Field Trip Backup - Bullion Basin (winter)

Snowshoeing Field trip: Intermediate Snowshoeing
A pre-planned backup field trip date in the event the original field trip is canceled
Difficulty: Moderate
Sun, Mar 10, 2019
4 participants 1 instructor
Registration closed Jan 22
Foothills Branch
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