Disclaimer: We will be in the wilderness. Serious injury or death can occur. We are not professional guides nor do we claim to be experts. It is not our responsibility to get you to the listed destination. 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.
We do not allow guests on our hikes - you must be a member to join us.
Rating: Moderate to difficult depending on your fitness level and snowshoe experience.
Total Miles: 11 roundtrip (the lower gate is now closed so it is now 11 miles total)
Toal elevation gain: 1700 feet
Sno-Park Pass required
NO dogs please
Please contribute $10 gas money to your driver and bring bag for wet boots
We hiked this a couple of weeks ago. Here is a link to our photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/weflybye/sets/72157632316345728/
Equipment recommended: Snowshoes, Trekking poles, Gaiters , Warm clothing and warm gloves, Lunch/snacks/water, Extra pair of socks is always nice to change at the hut, 10 essentials
Weather forecast: Mostly sunny!! (in the 30's)
Come with us and snowshoe to Copper Creek Hut. This is a very safe road snowshoe with no avalanche danger and some of the road should be groomed and/or have previous tracks. The road is well marked with signs the entire way to the hut. We will be starting at the lowest closed gate. We will snowshoe 5.5 miles to Copper Creek Hut and go inside to warm up and have lunch. Then you can either hang out at the hut or join us as we head further up the Rainier Vista Trail for what we are hoping for views of Mt Rainier (this adds a couple extra miles and approx. 500 feet gain).
A Sno-Park pass is required. We are driving and picking up Laura and Gayle at the casino meetup. If you are a driver you must have a Sno-Park pass. If your car is not All Wheel Drive or 4 Wheel Drive then you are required to carry chains. There will be snow on the road in and it can be slick.
DRIVING DIRECTIONS: To get there, drive east on State Route 7 to Elbe and turn left onto SR 706--the Road to Paradise--and continue east toward Ashford. Just past milepost 6, turn left (north) onto Forest Road 92. Drive up to 6 miles, passing a white Mount Rainier Lions building in the first 0.5 mile, to the lower or upper Sno-Park--depending on the snow level--at the road's end.