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:
Road map and driving directions: http://binged.it/UahWCW
Print and bring a hiking map in a ziplock bag: Remember the road is SE.
Bring a compass. I like this $4 one from WalMart pinned to my shirt:
Bring the 10 essentials for safety:
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:
There are lots of other links to the hike with more info here:
Check back here for latest updates.
-Avalanche expertise or someone to call and report back
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.
[masked] (texts or calls after 7am Saturday may not get answered. Feel free to call from 5-7am though.)