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High Hut Snowshoe (Mount Rainier area)

We went to High Hut last weekend but there was only a trace of snow towards the top. BUT this week the snow levels are dropping to 2000 feet and snow is on it's way. So we are posting this as a hopeful snowshoe but will keep you updated closer to Saturday on how much snow we should expect to find. .

We will be starting at the closed gate and hiking up to High Hut where we will stop and have lunch inside the Hut (and warm up!). The hut is a fully stocked cabin where you can heat up your lunch, make coffee and warm up your feet in front of the propane stove!

Should take us about an hour and a half drive from the Casino meetup to our destination. Plan on an all day hike.

Total miles: 9 miles (from lower parking area)

Elevation Gain: 2,600 feet

Highest Point: 4,800 feet

Rating: Moderate to difficult depending on your fitness level

Pace: Our pace is fast (but you can hike at whatever pace you are comfortable with)

Please contribute $10 gas money to your driver and bring plastic bag for muddy boots

NO Dogs

Sno-Park Pass required! (we have a pass and room in our car for two more people so if you want one of the spots in our car let us know) The other vehicles must have a Sno-Park Pass. Just the basic Sno-Park pass required (not the groomed park pass). If you are a driver be prepared for possible snow on the road in.

Equipment recommended (depending on snow conditions):

Snowshoes

Trekking poles

Gaiters

Waterproof gloves

Rain Gear

Warm clothing (extra pair of socks is always a good idea!)

Ten essentials: http://www.wta.org/hiking-info/basics/ten-essentials

Lunch/snacks and water

Link to info on this snowshoe: http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/high-hut-mt.-tahoma-trails

Driving Directions: To get there, drive east from Tacoma on State Route 7 to Elbe and turn left onto SR 706--the Roadto Paradise--and continue east to Ashford. At the edge of town, watch for the brown South District Access Road sign, and take the next right onto 1 Road. At the T intersection (2.8 miles from the highway), turn left at the brown sign pointing toward 1 Road. At mile 4, veer left at the fork. The first, lower Sno-Park is located at mile 6.4. If the snowline is higher, continue to the second, upper Sno-Park, staying left at 6.7 miles (following the signs to the Outer Loop )

Disclaimer: We will be in the wilderness. Serious injury or death can occur. We are not professional guides and it is not our responsibility to get you to the summit. We hike at our own pace. By attending this hike you are assuming responsibility for your own personal safety and we will not be held responsible.

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  • Mac

    No precip all day. Some wind. About 10 inches of new snow on top of rain crust. No view of Mt Rainier. Could see into the Nisqually Valley. Great companions.

    December 8, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    A Winter Wonderland!! The trees were flocked with new snow and everything was so beautiful. Thank you everyone for joining us!

    December 8, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey guys. Here's my cell number....678-458-5055. Mac, where abouts are you coming from? I'm coming from Gig Harbor. See ya at the meetup location in the morning.

    December 7, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Mac, I can definitely split the gas/pass costs with you. Thanks!

    December 7, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Mac! Why don't you wait until Friday and see if anyone else signs up that has a pass and could drive you and Craig. Also MTTA is recommending bringing chains for the vehicles in case of snow on the road. Looks like lots of low elevation snow coming in. Keep us posted on what you decide.

    December 5, 2012

  • Mac

    I don't have a sno-park pass but I'll get one. I'm happy to drive, but only have room for one passenger.

    December 5, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Craig. Our car is full (we are taking Laura and Chad). Mac do you happen to have a Sno-Park Pass and if yes, are you willing to drive?

    December 5, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can I ride with you guys?? I don't have a sno-park pass. Thanks!!

    December 5, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Laura is also riding with us.. so our car is now full. If you volunteer to be a driver you will need a Sno-Park Pass (available at REI for $41)

    December 4, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Chad, yes we will save a spot in our car for you. We have space for one more rider.

    December 4, 2012

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