Seattle Explorer & Jr. MAC Snowshoe

Youth activity

Seattle Explorer & Jr. MAC Snowshoe - Talapus Lake Trail

  • Moderate, Moderate/Strenuous, Strenuous
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 4.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,220 ft

9:30am meet at Mt. Rainier park entrance, then at Paradise parking lot. 

  • Trip Sheet
  • EAP
  • Carpool
  • Weather
  • Road Conditions: Mt. Rainier road conditions, closures, and chain requirements
  • Parking: No passes required, but there is a $30 entrance fee to get into Mt. Rainier NP
  • Guests: If spots are still available one week prior to the trip, email Trenton to request that a friend or sibling be able to join.
  • Land Acknowledgement: We will be recreating on the lands/waters of the Pacific Northwest Indian Tribes, including the Cayuse, Umatilla, Walla Walla, and Nisqually people, who live here and steward these lands and waters as they have since time immemorial. The Seattle Mountaineers Youth Clubs encourage you to recreate mindfully and respectfully on our upcoming trip to these native lands.

*To sign up for Explorer/Jr. MAC combo trips, do it on this page, NOT the course page. For all other trips, sign up via the course page. If confused, refer to the registration instructions on the course page.


Talapus Lake Trail

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • Snowshoes (Mountaineers can provide)
  • Trekking poles
  • Boots (insulated and waterproof)
  • Gaiters
  • Warm clothing and extra synthetic layers
  • Long underwear top and bottom (synthetic)
  • Wool or synthetic socks
  • Liner socks (optional, but recommended)
  • Fleece or wool sweater
  • Waterproof shell (jacket and pants, breathable with hood on jacket)
  • Waterproof gloves
  • Liner gloves
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Stocking hat (wool or synthetic)
  • Brimmed cap
  • Water bottles (at least 2L)
  • Lunch
  • Van shoes
  • Camera (optional)

If you'd like to borrow gear, please submit your request to the gear library by [DATE].

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