Tacoma Explorers Snowshoe

Field trip: Tacoma Explorers

Tacoma Explorers Snowshoe - Crystal Mountain Ski Area

Have some fun hiking through fresh winter snow on snowshoes!

  • Sun, Dec 8, 2019
  • Tacoma Youth Programs
  • Youth
  • Basic
  • Youth
  • Moderate


Meeting time 9:00AM

1. Location:


I've moved the trip to Crystal Mountain Snowshoe Trails to ensure the best chance at good snow, and avoid running the risk of weather-related gate closures on Mount Rainier. It also prevents the need to purchase a $35 pass to enter MRNP as well. Directions to Crystal Mountain Resort are as follows:

From Tacoma: Head North on I-5 to Exit 134 for HWY 167 N to Puyallup. Take River road until it intersects with Meridian Ave. Turn left onto Meridian ave and take the on-ramp to 167 N. Take the exit for WA-410 E Chinook Pass. Follow 410 E until it intersects w/Crystal Mountain Blvd/NFS 7166.

Approximate travel time is two hours.

Ideally try and find parking in Upper C lot. If you can't find parking there and have to go elsewhere, we'll be rallying at the lower trailhead for Bluebell loop.


. Clothing, gear, etc.

The usual; food and snacks to keep the body going! That means things with carbs in them along with protein that easy to digest. Granola bars and protein bars are great options for days like this because they're easy to stow and give you quick fuel.

As far as clothing goes, I have a couple of thoughts. First, NO COTTON. Cotton soaks up moisture like a sponge and does not dry out. My recommendation is a baselayer and then pants that are either water resistant or water proof. Softshell pants are great for this kind of thing. Same thing goes for your upper body; definitely wear a base layer, mid layer and then pack a shell or rain-proof layer in case there's a bit of moisture in the air. Hats and gloves are a must, but bear in mind we'll be moving so you'll want something breathable. Mid-weight wool socks work best for this as they do shed water and insulate well. Socks that are too thick make your footwear uncomfortable and can cause cold feet. Please wear hiking boots if possible.



Crystal Mountain Ski Area

  • USGS White River Park

    Green Trails Bumping Lake No. 271

    USGS Norse Peak

    Green Trails Mt Rainier East No. 270

    Green Trails Mount Rainier Wonderland No. 269SX
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Snowshoes, warm/waterproof layers, trekking poles, 10 essentials

CONTACT ME ASAP IF YOU NEED SNOWSHOES Per the e-mail that was sent out

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