Seattle MAC - Winter Scramble

Youth activity: Mountaineers Adventure Club

Seattle MAC - Winter Scramble - Norse Peak

Join MAC for a scramble of a peak or summit in the Cascades which includes travel on rock, snow slopes, or has sections of steep off-trail terrain that is not easily categorized (such as scree, dirt, heather, etc). This trip has prerequisites, see leader's notes for details.

  • Strenuous 3, Technical 2, Snow Scramble, Winter Scramble
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 8.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,900 ft

All cars will meet at the Norse Peak Trailhead by 7:30 am and start hiking at 8.  

Carpool signup. If you plan on driving, please offer open seats to other students.

Getting There: The trailhead is located at the beginning of Gold Hills Road. It is about four miles up Crystal Mountain Blvd and about 2 miles before the ski area.  Lat and long coordinates of the parking area: 46.96420, -121.48276

Northwest Forest Pass required for parking.

Trip Sheet and EAP to come

Weather ForecastsWundergroundNOAA

Prerequisites: Students need to have experience moving over snow with snowshoes, microspikes, and/or crampons and with winter recreation. Students should know how to self arrest using an ice axe.

Important Note: This is a more demanding scramble. Failing to bring the required gear will result in being turned back.

Borrowing Gear: If you need to borrow gear from the gear library, please let do so by filling out this from by February 18.


Norse Peak

  • USGS Norse Peak

    Green Trails Bumping Lake No. 271

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

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials 
  • Leather hiking boots for snow or mountaineering boots
  • Microspikes
  • Crampons
  • Snowshoes
  • Gaiters
  • Poles (with ski baskets)
  • an ice ax
  • a helmet,
  • ski goggles
  • Full size backpacking packs (a day pack will not be sufficient)

  • Layers to be comfortable in cold or warm Winter weather.
    • thick leather mittens
    • lighter gloves
    • a balaclava or buff or something to protect their face in case of strong winds
  • Strong sunglasses and ski goggles

  • Sunscreen
  • Chemical hand warmers
  • Lunch, snacks, and 2 liters of liquid
    • a thermos of hot tea or soup is optimal
  • Any avy gear you own and know how to operate (shovel, probe, and beacon).
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