Seattle Explorers Snow Cave Building

Youth activity: Explorers

Seattle Explorers Snow Cave Building - Paradise (Mount Rainier)

[PIKA POD] Phase 2 trip for Explorers. Join for a day of playing in the snow and building snow caves.

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  • Easy, Easy/Moderate
  • For Beginners (Getting Started Series)
  • Elevation Gain: 500 ft

Meet at the Paradise at Mt. Rainier Thursday morning.
Return Thursday evening.

We will spend the day playing in the snow and building snow caves.

Trip Sheet



  • USGS Mt Rainier East

    Green Trails Mt Rainier East No. 270

    Green Trails Paradise No. 270S

    Green Trails Mount Rainier Wonderland No. 269SX
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

*Snow shoes can be borrowed from the Mountaineers. Let Katy know by Jan 16 how many pairs of snowshoes you need.

  • Snowshoes*
  • Snowshoe Poles*
  • Boots (insulated and waterproof) 
  • Gaiters (optional but recommended) 
  • Warm clothing and extra synthetic layers
  • Long underwear top and bottom (synthetic) 
  • Wool or synthetic socks (multiple pairs!!) 
  • Liner socks (optional but recommended) 
  • Fleece or wool sweater
  • Waterproof shell (jacket with hood and pants) 
  • Waterproof gloves **especially important when digging in the snow all day!** 
  • Liner gloves
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Stocking hat (wool or synthetic) 
  • Water (at least 2L) 
  • Lunch
  • Daypack
  • Van shoes
  • Change of clothes for the car (we’ll be digging and rolling around in the snow! Prepare to get soggy!)  
  • Camera (optional) 
  • First Aid Kit
Trip Reports