Winter Camping Field Trip

Field trip: Winter Camping Course - Foothills

Winter Camping Field Trip - Reflection Lakes

PLEASE NOTE NEW LOCATION: Narada Falls/Reflection Lakes (Mt. Rainier National Park). Practice winter camping skills, try out gear, learn hands-on about how to be safe and comfortable camping in the backcountry in winter conditions.

COVID-19: Learn about our most up-to-date guidance for participants and leaders on our COVID-19 Response page. All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before participating in this Mountaineers activity.
  • Sat, Mar 13, 2021 — Sun, Mar 14, 2021
  • Foothills Snowshoeing Committee
  • Snowshoeing
  • Basic
  • Adults
  • Easy+
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 6.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 900 ft

Meet at the Longmire parking lot at 8:30am near the museum/Wilderness Information Center end (the end that is farther from the inn and general store). We'll do a quick gear review, make sure everyone has proper food storage to meet the park's regulations, and then obtain permits. 

Practice skills discussed in the winter camping lecture, including:

  • site selection
  • how to set up a winter camp
  • cooking food
  • gathering water
  • getting around in winter

Reflection Lakes

  • USGS Mt Rainier East

    Green Trails Mt Rainier East No. 270

    Green Trails Paradise No. 270S

    Green Trails Mount Rainier Wonderland No. 269SX
  • See full route/place details.
Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Gear List (you may have to bring extra supplies or personal gear due to the COVID-19 pandemic):

  • Hard-sided food storage container such as a bear canister to comply with park rules
  • 10 Essentials
  • face mask/face covering
  • hand sanitizer
  • Snowshoes or backcountry ski touring/splitboarding equipment (helmet recommended for skiers/riders)
  • Backpacking pack
  • Sleeping pad rated for colder temperatures or stack 2 pads
  • Sleeping bag rated for colder temperatures
  • Backpacking stove, fuel
  • Snow shovel
  • Food, snacks
  • Personal toiletries
  • Eye protection- sunglasses and/or goggles
  • Tent - recommend 4-season but 3-season tent can work if the weather forecast is milder
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