Snowshoe to Copper Creek Hut (Mt Rainier area)

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:

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.


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  • Laura

    Beautiful day and great company.

    December 30, 2012

  • Woody&Tanna

    Awesome day!!! Views are beyond words. We had such a fun group AND sunshine.. would could be better :)

    December 30, 2012

  • Woody&Tanna

    Hi Greg! We have this cross-posted with the Rainier group and just filled our last spot in the car with Gayle. Hoping more people sign up so you will be able to carpool with the second car. Or you can drive if you have a Sno-Park pass for your vehicle?

    December 29, 2012

    • Woody&Tanna

      Doesn't look like at this time we have a second car going. If you think you might use a Sno-Park pass in the future, they sell them in Longmire near our turnoff for $42.00. That is another option if you want to drive.

      December 29, 2012

    • greg

      I'll catch you guys next time then

      December 29, 2012

  • Woody&Tanna

    Greg - we will definitely let you know if we get a second car. Our little car can only hold 4 or we would be glad to have you ride along. Any happy Olympia hikers out there with a Sno-Park pass that want to go on this adventure??

    December 29, 2012

  • Woody&Tanna

    Hi Karen, Unfortunately in today's world of litigation, we choose to post the disclaimer to protect ourselves. We are just hikers inviting other hiker to come have fun :)

    December 29, 2012

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