Trip 3

Field trip: Backcountry Ski/Snowboard Mini-series

Trip 3 - Cowlitz Gap & Rocks (winter)

Ski steeper terrain and longer skinning opportunities.

  • Winter Scramble, M1 Mountain 1 Ski, Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 6.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,400 ft


***Leader permission required, priority given to Olympia Branch skiers.***

Practice efficient transition from uphill travel to skiing.


Cowlitz Gap & Rocks (winter)

  • Green Trails Mount Rainier Wonderland No. 269S

    Green Trails Paradise No. 270S

    Green Trails Mt Rainier East No. 270

    USGS Mt Rainier East
  • See full route/place details.
Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Backcountry skis and bindings or split snowboard. The binding system must allow the heel to be unlocked and the toe to pivot for uphill climbing with skins. No cross-country skis.

Avalanche transceiver that displays distance and direction, shovel and probe.

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