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Tolmie Peak from the Mowich Gate snowshoe - Mt Rainier National Park

 

 

 

UPDATE NOVEMBER 13TH:  SNOW LEVELS ARE DROPPING AND CHANCE OF HEAVY SNOW ON FRIDAY SO WE ARE NOW REQUIRING SNOWSHOES. 

Please put your name on the waiting list and we will pull you in to the hike.

TOTAL MILES:  9.5 miles

TOTAL ELEVATION GAIN:  2600 feet

TOP ELEVATION:  5900 feet

NORTHWEST FOREST PASS REQUIRED

PLEASE BRING SNOWSHOES, TREKKING POLES AND MICRO-SPIKES

10 essentials, rain gear, trekking poles, waterproof warm gloves, hiking boots, headlamp, warm clothing (layers), food, water, etc 

Weather forecast calling for snow and wind. 

Hike information:  The Mowich gate is now closed for the season, so we will be parking at the gate and hiking from there.  The first 2.5 miles is a road walk which has some nice waterfalls along the way, then we cut into the woods and bushwack up a quarter mile and 500 feet of steep wooded area.  There is no trail here (this is our personal short-cut route), so you must be comfortable on this 1/4 mile section with off trail bushwacking up a steep incline (and then down it on the way back).    We then connect up with the proper Tolmie Peak trail (nice easy grade) and continue up towards Eunice Lake from there.  The snowy Eunice Lake basin is awesome.  You continue from the basin up to Tolmie Lookout Tower where you can get stunning views of Mt Rainier and the surrounding peaks.   Just a short ways from the Lookout Tower is a fun scramble up to Tolmie Peak.   We have done this hike both on a blue sky day and in a wind/snow storm and they both were fun!   The summit can be extremely cold so bring layers.  We always pack along our ski goggles and balaclava for extra protection. 

Here are a couple of links to our photos from previous trips:

Blue sky day: http://www.flickr.com/photos/weflybye/sets/72157632112021298/

Stormy day:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/weflybye/sets/72157637281512996/ 

Drive time from Park and Ride to the Mowich gate is approximately one hour

Please contribute gas money to your driver and bring plastic bag for muddy boots

We will go find someplace to eat dinner after the hike

 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you Woody and Tanna, you organized a fantastic day outside in the snow!

    2 · November 17, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks for all your help Lance!

      1 · November 20, 2013

    • Khanh

      Yes I really appreciate your help Lance. Thanks for motivating me through the hike.

      November 20, 2013

  • Khanh

    It was a fabulous day hike with an amazing memory of my first time snow shoeing. Thank you Woody and Tanna for hosting this beautiful day hike and thank you for rescuing me from the slide :) Thank you Lance for your great snow shoeing instructions. You did a great job. Thank you everyone for your wonderful company.

    2 · November 17, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      It was great meeting you Khanh. Keep practicing and in no time you will be an expert :)

      2 · November 20, 2013

    • Khanh

      It was great meeting you both too. I appreciate the encouragement. Yes will do :)

      November 20, 2013

  • Barbara L

    Woody and Tanna, you are the premier sherpas! You made sure that we all reached our destination safely and together! Great fun was obviously had by all!

    1 · November 20, 2013

  • Vipin

    Thanks Woody and Tanna for organizing the hike/snow shoe. It was a great adventure. Thanks everyone for their great company and good laughs :).

    1 · November 17, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      You are a natural mountain climber for a beginner. Keep at it and you will do great.

      2 · November 20, 2013

  • AC S.

    Hi Woody and Tanna, thank for organizing the snow shoeing trip yesterday! It was my first time with snow shoe, I enjoy very much and it was great workout. Team, sorry I could not stay dinner last night and I sure you guys probably had great without me and Jeff. Thank you everyone, nice meeting you all and see you next trip.

    November 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Great meeting you too AC! Hope to see you on the mountain in the future :)

      November 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Here is a short video at the snowy Lookout Tower:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/weflybye/10927863123/

    1 · November 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great adventure!! Long hard day of breaking fresh snow and everyone worked together as a friendly Turtle Team :) Thanks everyone for joining us.

    3 · November 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Here is a link to the trail map and description. http://www.flickr.com/photos/weflybye/10894722686/

    November 16, 2013

  • Sushant

    Hey Woody and Tanna / Lance,

    When will I know if I made it to the list ?

    Hey Kerri,

    If I make it to the list Can I get a ride too ( I live in DT right near Seattle Art museum)

    November 15, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Sushant, The National Park limits the group size to 12 for day hikes, so at this time we are still full.

      November 16, 2013

    • Sushant

      Well no worries hopefully next time have fun guys

      November 16, 2013

  • Barbara L

    Kerri, are we still on for driving down together? Time? Let's talk this evening.

    November 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    We just returned from our scouting mission to the Mowich gate and we made it all the way to the gate! The snow was slushy on the road and the deepest was about 5" on the drive in. Bent and Lance have offered to drive tomorrow - thank you both! So the Tolmie trip is a go. See everyone at the park and ride at 7:00 am. We have a big group and a long day so please be on time to the meetup. Don't forget your headlamps. Also we are thinking Hop Jacks in Bonney Lake for dinner after the hike. Here is the video of our scouting mission today: http://www.flickr.com/photos/weflybye/10891014655/

    2 · November 16, 2013

  • Barbara L

    Is anyone driving South from DT Seattle? Happy to catch a ride with you and share in the cost of gas. [masked]

    November 14, 2013

    • Kerri

      Barbara, I can swing by DT Seattle on the way to Tacoma-land

      November 14, 2013

    • Sushant

      If I make it to the list Can I get a ride too ( I live in DT right near Seattle Art museum)

      November 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Does anyone want to commute from the South end, either Renton/I405 or I5 South?

    November 15, 2013

    • Khanh

      Hi Lance, I am going to drive from Everett to Lakewood. Could you please give me a ride from there? Thanks.

      November 15, 2013

    • Khanh

      Lance, I am going to ride with Eva so I'm fine now :) thanks

      November 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Updated NOOA forecast showing Tolmie Peak with 50 percent chance of snow showers and possibilites of some high wind gusts. So make sure everyone brings warm gloves, ski goggles, balaclava, or other warm clothing to protect you from the super cold. Please keep checking in for more updates. We will have a final update Saturday afternoon with final destination and weather forecasted. This time of year we have to roll with the punches :)

    2 · November 15, 2013

    • Kerri

      Thanks for the update

      1 · November 15, 2013

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