Slight change of plans after Casey talked to the ranger today. It is pouring down rain at Rainier and only snow above 4000'. So we will go to Paradise instead of starting at Longmire as the snow there is very crunchy and it is raining there today. We will start a little later as the gate to paradise does not open until 9.
Thanks for understanding being flexible!
Rainier pass is needed.
Ranger said there is approx. 39" of snow at Longmire. Thought this would be a good snowshoe for people who want to try it. The trail is not flagged but usually there are tracks that we can follow. If this is not the case, we can always snowshoe West Side Road-an even easier trail. During winter, flexibility is the key. One never knows exactly what conditions will be-even after talking to the rangers.
Bring: Your backpack with the 10 essentials, food, water, hat, gloves (mittens), extra layers, sunglasses. Wear warm, waterproof boots, snowshoes, poles, cash for driver, anything to keep yourself warm, dry and safe. Plastic bag for wet boots, extra shoes to wear home in car. DO NOT WEAR BLUE JEANS.
We reserve the right to turn you away at P&R or trailhead IF you are not prepared or don't have all you need to stay safe. Everyone is put at risk if even 1 person is not prepared.
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