Basic Snowshoeing (old) - Field trip

Field trip: Basic Snowshoeing

Basic Snowshoeing (old) - Field trip - Paradise

Hands on practice of snow travel skills and hazard identification during a short snowshoe trek

  • Easy, Easy/Moderate
  • For Beginners (Getting Started Series)
  • Mileage: 3.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 500 ft
South Hill Park-n-Ride is our designated carpool consolidation point.  Park-n-ride is located at the corner of 94th St. SW & 104 ST. E, Puyallup, WA.  Please park in the southwest corner of the Park-n-ride
 Please be at the park-n-ride prior to 7:30AM on the day of the field trip.  All drivers MUST have chains for their vehicles and pay a park entrance fee (to be divided amongst all passengers.)  Mountaineers recommended mileage reimbursement for carpooling is a .12 per mile per passenger. 

Skills to be demonstrated and practiced

  • Donning and removing snowshoes
  • Falling without injury
  • Getting up from a fall
  • Travel techniques
    • Herringbone
    • Switching back
    • Side stepping 
    • Kick step
    • Rest Step
    • Breaking trail
    • Turning in snowshoe
    • Walking backwards in snowshoes
    • Plunge stepping
  • Snowshoe striding


  • 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

  • Winter gear
  • Snowshoes
  • Trekking poles
  • Ten Essentials
  • Plastic Bag for wet gear
  • Map from student manual
  • Change of clothes after trip (Recommended)
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