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Snowshoe Mt. Rainier

Come showshoe Rampart Ridge on Mt. Rainier this Saturday.  Its a 4.5mi well marked and maintained hiking trail that's also popular and more challenging for snowshoeing.

It is 1200ft of hiking elevation, which should be fairly difficult in snowshoes.  I have good experience hiking several times up to 4000ft without snowshoes so I'm expecting to be fit enough for this.

Main hike link:
http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/rampart-ridge-snowshoe

Road map and driving directions: http://binged.it/UahWCW

Safety Info:

Print and bring a hiking map in a ziplock bag:  Remember the road is SE.
http://www.mount-rainier-cabins.com/files/2010/05/Rampart-Ridge-Hike-Map-Large.jpg

Bring a compass.  I like this $4 one from WalMart pinned to my shirt:
http://www.egear.com/egear_site/images/essentials/standard/pin-on_ball_compass.jpg

Bring the 10 essentials for safety:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ten_Essentials

Do not wear cotton clothing.  Jeans, T-shirts, even cotton underware can make you cold and uncomfortable.  It gets wet from the inside from sweat, then conducts cold.  Wear nylon, polypropylene, and/or wool

Avalanche info: http://www.nwac.us/ (I'm a novice at understanding how the info applies to our hike.  Call the numbers if in doubt, and post here what they say)

Note: I chose this hike because it looked difficult and challenging, yet reasonably safe for me.  I have not done it before or snowshoed at all in 20 years.  Please do not depend on me or others to keep you safe.  I'm planning to learn from and enjoy the group, but I'm depending on my own knowledge, skill, equipment, and experience for safety.  I recommend you do the same.

My brothers and I will be leaving from way North.  We'll pass through Seattle around 5:45am and should be ready to start hiking about 8am.

First time snowshoeing?  That's ok if you're in decent shape, adventurous, and hiked before.  Most are renting snowshoes.

All REI stores around here rent snowshoes.  Rental info:
http://sports.yahoo.com/ski/news?slug=ycn-10326977

There are lots of other links to the hike with more info here:
http://www.bing.com/search?q=rampart+ridge+Longmire

Check back here for latest updates.

Wanted:
-Avalanche expertise or someone to call and report back

Trailhead Directions:

To get there, drive east on State Route 7 and bear left onto SR 706 at the town of Elbe. Continue east through the Nisqually Entrance of Mount Rainier National Park, and proceed to Longmire Ranger Station and Lodge. Park in the plowed area behind the lodge, and find the start of the trail in the meadows across the road.


Ray

[masked] (texts or calls after 7am Saturday may not get answered.  Feel free to call from 5-7am though.)

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  • Ray M.

    The group of 5 ahead of us had experience in the area. They just looked in the direction of Paradise and at the clouds and told us that would be better. It was so fun, I'd like to go up there again and try to make it closer to camp Muir in snowshoes. I'm definitely going there this summer.

    1 · December 31, 2012

  • Kavitha

    We(5 of us) were behind you ray and unfortunately I didnt have reception to text or call you which I tried. We were there at longmire probably a few min behind you but missed you. We did the rampart ride one way and came down the same way.
    http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=1958947
    Looks like you guys had better weather up on rainier. At 4040 or so, it was pretty cloudy for us. How did you guys find out that paradise had better weather ? Maybe we should have gone up there as well but we had a nice time. Thank you for organizing and motivating us to get out.

    December 30, 2012

  • Ray M.

    My car got to Longmire at 8:15. There were three cars and 5 people there waiting and one car of 4-5 behind us. We waited for 15 minutes until 8:30 and didn't have phone service to call the car behind us. The 5 waiting ahead of us saw better weather up on Rainier near Paradise and wanted to go there. We 3 followed them so the 8 of us did that. The other car showed at 8:35 I guess and hiked near Longmire in the cloudy weather. Trying to upload my pics now.

    December 30, 2012

  • Ray M.

    Sorry I can't help with the carpools this time. See you at the trailhead at 8. I think were going counter clockwise. Not sure though.

    December 28, 2012

    • Ray M.

      On 405 mile 28 at 6:08

      December 29, 2012

  • Sankalp S.

    Five of us are leaving from Overlake Transit Center, Redmond tomorrow at 6. Cya at the trailhead.

    December 28, 2012

    • Sankalp S.

      [masked] is my number btw

      December 28, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi all, it looks like Steve unfortunately can't make it, and I was hoping to get a ride from him. I don't have a car at all, and would really love to get a ride or else there's no hope to go! Anyone coming from Seattle? I'll have to bike to meet you by 6am wherever you are because the buses don't run that early! Please? Ray, do you have any more space in your car?

    December 28, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Seems like everyone come from Seattle, Kirkland or Bellevue. How about everybody meet somewhere Park & Ride, then we could carpool with 2 or 3 cars and pay to the driver. Anyone if want to rent snowshoe please let me know, you could use my membership card @REI, they are $20 per shoes.

    December 26, 2012

    • Sankalp S.

      My friend and I will be coming from Bellevue/Redmond area. Can we meet at Overlake transit center P&R [masked]nd Ave NE) in Redmond?

      December 28, 2012

    • Kavitha

      would you have a 4 wheel drive and can give a ride for 2 ? please call @[masked]

      December 28, 2012

  • Kavitha

    If anyone has a 4 wheel drive with chains, can you please call me @[masked]-0451. needing a ride. can get to anywhere on the east side.

    December 28, 2012

  • Ian

    Hi, Intersted in joining. Do I need to carry snow chain in my car?

    December 26, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      I heard Les Schwab (sp) rents them out for the season.

      Keep your receipt and as long as they're not broken, they need to be cleaned and keep their storage bag they came in and you should be able to return them but this info is from 10 years ago. You can call around to find out. Other stores like that one.

      Also, they are good to have regardless. And you can always sell them on craigslist. On your way to Rainier, going up Mountain Highway/State route 7 through Spanaway, you'll pass by a number of locations. The last will be O'Reilly's in the Fred Meyer plaza just before it breaks down to a 2 lane road.

      I purchase my chains there for the vehicles since I live past that towards Rainier. What you'll need are the series of numbers/letters that are on the tires that you have, not off of the car's tire size information. Walk in there or go in and ask where to find those. They are very helpful.

      December 28, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      The difference between now and 10 years ago. :-)

      December 28, 2012

  • Gayle

    Glen & Sophia: I live on the West Hill in Auburn - do you have room for another person in your carpool?

    December 27, 2012

    • Glenn

      Yes, we have room for you. We're planning on meeting at Emerald Downs parking lot in front of the main entrance. Hadn't discussed departure time yet, but I believe we'll need to leave around 6 am to get to the trail head by 8 am.

      December 27, 2012

    • Glenn

      Gayle, give me a call if you're going to carpool with us. We are planning to meet at 5:50 am and leave at 6:00 am. My cell is[masked]

      December 28, 2012

  • Ray M.

    Looks like we have enough for a later group too. My brothers and I will be in the early group, passing through Seattle around 5:45am and being ready to start hiking about 8am. If someone wants to volunteer to lead a 9am group or something, let me know your details and I'll update the main listing. Or you can post a second hike the same day and people can join that one. Either way is great. Thanks for all the interest. Should be fun.

    December 26, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      I posted about leading. Let me know if there is any interest.

      1 · December 28, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    The General Store at Longmire rents out a limited number of snowshoes. So does Whittaker Mountaineering/RMI, Inc./Rainier Mountaineering at the Rainier Base Camp in Ashford on your way into the park.

    I go up there often since I'm on the road to the park but before Elbe. I would be willing to lead a group of non-snowshoers on a 5 mile loop at Longmire if that second group is still needed. Let me know.... [masked]

    December 28, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      You can wear snowshoes on this loop too but they aren't exactly needed since the trail is so packed down. My winter route is Longmire to Rampart to Wonderland to Longmire. There are 4 great views and one tricky area on the top of the ridge. Other than that, your legs will feel great!

      December 28, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey guys...I come from Kirkland. So anyone live around? and, you guys fast? I am slow hiker...let me know...thank you! Merry Christmas!

    December 26, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      I don't speed hike if you would like to join me some day. I already posted my number if interested.

      December 28, 2012

  • Ray M.

    I just reserved my snowshoe rental at REI. $40 for two pr of the old ones, their good ones with heel lifters were already taken.

    December 27, 2012

  • "J"

    Just a suggestion: It seems like there is a lot of confusion. We should choose a P&R and meet there, then figure out the carpool from everyone that shows up.

    December 26, 2012

  • Steve W.

    If anyone in the north end or on the way out of Seattle needs a ride, I can probably take 1 or 2 more people. My vehicle is old but like me, loves the snow.

    December 26, 2012

  • Ian

    you can also rent snow shoes from the National Park Inn General Store
    http://www.mtrainierguestservices.com/images/content/winterrentals.pdf

    December 26, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hey Steve, I live in Lake City so I can pretty easily make my way to Fremont to meet you if you end up driving. I don't have a car, so I'm sort of at the mercy here of others who do have cars... and where public transportation can get me to meet them.

      December 26, 2012

    • Steve W.

      Sarah, looks like we have a carpool. Drop me a line and we'll figure something out.

      December 26, 2012

  • Glenn

    Ray, just want to confirm. Do we need to be at the trail head at 8 am or are we departing at 8 am?

    December 26, 2012

  • Anil

    I'd join in on a carpool as well. I'm on the eastside but will drive wherever is needed.

    Thanks!
    Anil

    December 26, 2012

  • Glenn

    I'll be coming from Kent. Anyone in that neck of the woods want to carpool? I can drive or ride, either way.

    December 26, 2012

    • Sophia M.

      Glenn...I am in Auburn and we can carpool. Call my cell[masked]

      December 26, 2012

  • Sankalp S.

    Anybody driving from Bellevue area? We can leave together. [masked])

    Also, I have REI card if anybody wants to use it for snowshoe rental. We can go tomorrow or Friday evening to rent (I will check with Sports Authority as well).

    December 26, 2012

  • Rich

    Greetings. I am planning to attend with a guest and would like to catch a ride with someone. I'm in south Seattle but can pretty much meet anywhere so long s thee is no snow or ice - my car does not do well in such conditions :(

    Rich

    December 26, 2012

  • J

    Looking for a carpool from the East Side. How about Eastgate? Do we really want to leave that early? I would think a trail-head time of c. 10 might be optimum, and leaving plenty of hike time until 3 or even 4 PM return to T-H. Any thoughts from others?

    December 26, 2012

    • "J"

      +1 on meeting at Eastgate P&R and carpooling from there. Although, I think we will have to leave early becuase of the distance to Rainer.

      December 26, 2012

    • J

      Thanks Jason. Yes, it is c. 2 hr drive from Eastgate to RNP. Leaving Eastgate at 8 am still gets us to trail head by 10. A four hour hike would get us back to T-H by 2 PM, WELL BEFORE dark (c. 5 pm). Right?

      December 26, 2012

  • Rich

    I would be interested in car pooling with someone. I can meet anyplace convenient for the driver.

    December 26, 2012

  • "J"

    Anyone carpooling from the Eastside or Seattle that I can ride with. I live on the Eastside but if its easier to carpool from Seattle I will be happy meet you at a P&R.

    December 26, 2012

  • Ray Metz changed the time from 9:00 AM to 8:00 AM

    December 26, 2012

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