Paradise (winter)

A backcountry skiing and snowshoer's paradise. This area includes Alta Vista, Glacier Vista and Mazama Ridge and the variety of winter trails and tours that can be created between the Paradise parking lot and Panorama Point at Mount Rainier National Park.

getting there

From SR 7 in Elbe, turn east onto SR 706, both known as the National Park Highway. Continue through the Nisqually Entrance of Mount Rainier National Park. Be prepared to pay the fee just after entering the park. Drive 19 miles to Paradise.

In winter, ALL drivers in the park are required to carry snow chains or equivalent traction devices—this includes those with a 4-wheel or  all-wheel drive vehicle. Those without a 4-wheel or all-wheel drive vehicle may be required to install them at Longmire or beyond.

SKIING routes

A varied array of backcountry skiing terrain is available around Paradise allowing safe and enjoyable ski touring in most weather and snow conditions.

SNOWSHOEING routes

Lots of open terrain to make your own path. If you bear to the right (east) from the parking lot towards the moderate more tree-filled terrain you'll encounter fewer skiers and potentially a few small creek crossings filled with beautiful frozen water formations.

Information for LEADERS

This area is used by our branches to host snow field trips and is a generally popular winter exploration area. Please check other routes/places to ensure we don't have multiple Mountaineers groups going to the same area, and be sure to use one of these if that's your planned destination.

If you are scheduling this as a snowshoe or ski trip, please limit your group size to 12 people and confirm that there is not another group scheduling a trip on the same day.

Have a question about group size? Contact Katherine Hollis, Conservation and Responsible Recreation Manager at , if you have questions or need more information.

  • Suitable Activities: Skiing/Snowboarding, Snowshoeing
  • Skiing/Snowboarding Category: Backcountry
  • Snowshoeing Category: Basic
  • Seasons: January, February, March, April, May, November, December
  • Weather: View weather forecast. View avalanche forecast.
  • Difficulty: Easy, Easy/Moderate
  • Elevation Gain: 500 ft
  • 5,900 ft
  • Land Manager: Mount Rainier National Park
  • Parking Permit Required: National Park Entrance Fee
  • Default Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 150
Map
  • Green Trails Paradise No. 270S
  • Green Trails Mount Rainier Wonderland No. 269S
  • Green Trails Mt Rainier East No. 270
  • USGS Mt Rainier East
  • Red Marker
    46.785956, -121.736531
    46.7859555335 -121.736530514
  • Red Marker
    46.804734, -121.733112
    46.8047337004 -121.733111859
 
Activities

Upcoming Activities



Intermediate Field Trip #1 Winter Overnight - Paradise (winter)

Climbing Field trip: Intermediate Climbing
Tacoma Intermediate Winter Overnight Fieldtrip/Bullion Basin, Crystal Mountain
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Sat, Feb 24, 2018 - Sun, Feb 25, 2018
Prerequisites
1 participant 1 instructor
Registration closes Feb 22
Tacoma Branch

Intermediate Glacier Travel Field Trip - Paradise (winter)

Climbing Field trip: Intermediate Glacier Travel
Intermediate Glacier Travel Field Trip
Difficulty: Easy, Easy/Moderate
Sat, Feb 24, 2018 - Sun, Feb 25, 2018
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
2 participants 0 instructors
Registration closes Feb 22
Seattle Branch

Basic Snowshoe - Paradise (winter)

Snowshoeing Trip
Basic snowshoe trip through the valleys and hills around Alta Vista and Dead Horse Creek.
Difficulty: Easy, Easy/Moderate
Sun, Feb 25, 2018
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
0 participants
Registration closes Feb 21
Tacoma Branch

Seattle Explorers Snowshoe - Paradise (winter)

Family Youth activity: Explorers
Join us for a day of exploring the Paradise area by snowshoe and building igloos
Difficulty: Easy, Easy/Moderate
Sun, Feb 25, 2018
Prerequisites
12 participants 7 chaperones
Registration closes Feb 23
Seattle Branch
Carl Marrs
Qualified Youth Leader

Intermediate Glacier Travel Field Trip - Paradise (winter)

Climbing Field trip: Intermediate Glacier Travel
Intermediate Glacier Travel Field Trip
Difficulty: Easy, Easy/Moderate
Sat, Mar 3, 2018 - Sun, Mar 4, 2018
No Prerequisites
0 participants 0 instructors
Registration closes Mar 1
Seattle Branch

Overnight Field Trip - Paradise (winter)

Skiing/Snowboarding Field trip: Ski and Snowboard Mountaineering Course
Take what you learned in the first field trip and lectures and put it all
Difficulty: Easy, Easy/Moderate
Sat, Mar 3, 2018 - Sun, Mar 4, 2018
No Prerequisites
13 participants
Registration closes Mar 1
Foothills Branch

Backcountry Ski/Snowboard - Paradise Area (winter)

Skiing/Snowboarding Trip
Discovery Tour. M1 Trip. Primary Co-Leaders: Jeanette Morrison and Ron Jarvis. Primary trip objective: Safe
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate, M1 Mountain 1 Ski
Sun, Mar 4, 2018
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
4 participants 4 leaders
Registration closes Mar 2
Foothills Branch

Snow I Field Trip - Paradise (winter)

Scrambling Field trip: Alpine Scrambling Course
This Field Trip to cover basic Snow Travel Techniques, Ice ax arrests, and glissade techniques,
Difficulty: Easy, Easy/Moderate
Sat, Mar 10, 2018
No Prerequisites
8 participants 3 instructors
Registration closes Mar 8
Olympia Branch

Snow 1 Field Trip- Olympia Basic Climbing- Paradise - Paradise (winter)

Climbing Field trip: Basic Climbing Course
BC Snow 1 FT covering snow travel techniques, ice ax arrests, fixed line, snow anchors
Difficulty: Easy, Easy/Moderate
Sat, Mar 17, 2018
No Prerequisites
2 participants 1 instructor on waitlist
Registration closes Mar 15
Olympia Branch

Basic Mountaineering - Snow 1 Field Trip - Paradise (winter)

Climbing Field trip: Basic Climbing Course
Basic Mountaineering - Snow 1 Field Trip
Difficulty: Easy, Easy/Moderate
Sat, Mar 17, 2018 - Sun, Mar 18, 2018
Prerequisites
1 participant 4 instructors
Registration closes Mar 15
Kitsap Branch

Tacoma Basic FT 3 - Winter Overnight - Paradise (winter)

Climbing Field trip: Basic Climbing Course
Tacoma Basic Climbin FT 3 - Winter Overnight
Difficulty: Easy, Easy/Moderate
Sat, Mar 31, 2018 - Sun, Apr 1, 2018
Prerequisites
46 participants 8 instructors
Registration opens Mar 21; Instructor registration open now
Tacoma Branch

Snow Weekend - Paradise (winter)

Climbing Field trip: Basic Climbing Course
Basic Climbing Course - Olympia/Snow Weekend
Difficulty: Easy, Easy/Moderate
Sat, Apr 14, 2018 - Sun, Apr 15, 2018
No Prerequisites
2 participants 3 instructors on waitlist
Registration closes Apr 12
Olympia Branch

ACSC Snow 1 Field Trip (Tacoma) - Paradise (winter)

Scrambling Field trip: Alpine Scrambling Course
ACSC Snow 1 Field Trip (Tacoma)
Difficulty: Easy, Easy/Moderate
Sat, Apr 21, 2018
No Prerequisites
6 participants on waitlist 0 instructors
Registration closes Apr 20
Tacoma Branch

Snow II Field Trip - Paradise (winter)

Scrambling Field trip: Alpine Scrambling Course
This is our second Ice Ax Arrest practice.
Difficulty: Easy, Easy/Moderate
Sat, Apr 28, 2018
No Prerequisites
15 participants 3 instructors
Registration closes Apr 26
Olympia Branch

Mt. Rainier National Park - Paradise (winter)

Skiing/Snowboarding Field trip: Glacier Skiing/Snowboarding and Crevasse Rescue
Mt. Rainier National Park, Paradise Ranger Station
Difficulty: Easy, Easy/Moderate
Sat, May 12, 2018 - Sun, May 13, 2018
No Prerequisites
1 participant
Registration closes May 10
Foothills Branch
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