Mount Rainier Snowshoe
4-6 miles roundtrip
Winter doesn't keep us off the mountain! Experience Mount Rainier in all it's glory under a deep blanket of snow. This snowshoe trip is suitable for all skill levels. Price includes your snowshoes and trekking poles.
Mazama Ridge at Mount Rainier's Paradise area offers an especially scenic snowshoe route in the midst of snow-covered alpine meadows. The wide-open views from the ridge are absolutely jaw-dropping: Mount Rainier, the Tatoosh Range, rolling subalpine meadows, wind-sculpted drifts - and there are boundless opportunities to explore.
Climb north from the parking area towards Myrtle Falls, keeping to the left of Paradise Inn on the Mazama Ridge Trail. Cross Edith Creek on a footbridge above Myrtle Falls and continue east across the upper area of Paradise Valley towards Mazama Ridge.
Ascend steeply another half a mile to reach the crest of the ridge with some small trees at 5700 feet. From the ridgecrest, admire views in every direction: south to the peaks of the Tatoosh Range and north to mammoth Mount Rainier, all draped in a winter blanket.
Then, let the wandering begin! Following the ridgeline south will lead you to the land of snowy meadows and views of the Pinnacle Peak, The Castle, Unicorn, Boundary Peak, not to mention Rainier itself.