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Advanced snowshoe: Paradise, Mazama Ridge Loop

Winter backcountry experience is required to participate on this trip. This is not a beginning trip.

Mazama Ridge Loop:
Starting at Paradise parking lot, drop down to Paradise Creek (0.7mi, loose 600ft elev.), then climb (400ft elev, 0.6mi) to "Inspiration saddle" (above Reflection Lakes). Then travel northeast, following Mazama Ridge (2 mi, 700ft gain) to intersect the "4th Crossing trail" that leads back to the road, and then the Paradise parking lot. Figures very approximate. Total mileage about 5 with about 1000ft lost and gained. If conditions, time and the group is up for it, we can extend the trip by continuing up Mazama Ridge to join the Skyline trail and then loop back to Mazama Ridge.

This route avoids avalanche terrain EXCEPT where it descends from Mazama ridge. Route will be adjusted to account for conditions and the group. It will be arduous if we have to break trail through any significant new snow. The route up Mazama Ridge is not marked. We will navigate with map and compass if necessary.

Route depends on snow and weather conditions. If visibility and/or forecast is poor there will be an alternate route. This might be Rampart Ridge from Longmire (i.e. a marked trail in timber). If forecast is nasty, then the trip might be cancelled.

Suggested contribution for drivers: $10

Entrance fee or Park Pass and tire chains required for each vehicle.

Required gear:

Full winter gear including map and compass (and, of course, snowshoes and poles).

Required preparation: read the NWAC avalanche forecast and snowpack analysis and the weather forecast. I will quiz you :-)

http://www.nwac.us/forecast/avalanche/current/zone/7/

http://www.atmos.washington.edu/data/rainier_report.html

Please contact me by email with questions ([masked]).

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 or from the listed destination. By attending this hike you are assuming responsibility for your own personal safety and enjoyment and we will not be held responsible.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Words are an inadequate means to describe this trip.

    January 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Lisa and I are meeting up at the 512P&R. If anyone else want to car pool from there, we are meeting aroung 820. then we will meet everyone at the trail head.

    January 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I can meet y'all there at 820 too. My cell number is[masked]

      January 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Great. We will see you then. My phone # is[masked]-9383. If you have any problems.

      January 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am driving from UP. I will meet you at the trail head. Unless someone wants to pick me up at the 512 P&R. I have gas money!
    If anyone else is in the Tacoma or lakewood (etc) area let me know and we can carpool.

    January 9, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I can do that but I don't have chains. I'm coming from Gig Harbor.

      January 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very fun trip. I may see you all. I am heading to Narada Falls and up to Mazama Ridge by that route. Waiting for hip replacement surgery this month, so I am too slow for able-bodied folks. I'll wager with the good weather that the trail is in. It is great exercise if you have to break trail! Snow conditions are excellent. There are a couple of spots on the ridge to watch. I will also guess that Longmire may open at 8AM. Bring your cameras! Barn Flat is also fun to navigate if you get extra time.

    January 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have not snowshoed for years and am thinking about buying a pair. Any thoughts on brand and type? Rounded or pointed tails? I'm considering a pair of Atlas 830s.

    January 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks a lot Mac. See everyone on Saturday

    January 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    8 yes!!!!

    January 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Lynn and I vote to start at 8 am.

    1 · January 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    If there's much snow Friday night then the Park will not open the road to Paradise until around 10am. If this is the case there's no point in leaving Olympia at 7am. Either we'd be lucky and get an 'early' start or we'd be sitting at Longmire waiting for an hour (or we'd be hiking an alternate route). So what do you all think? Plan for an early road opening or leave Olympia an hour later (at 8am)?? I'll go with the majority on this.

    So far I think the forecasts and avalanche/snowpack reports are favorable for decent conditions on Saturday... Stay tuned...

    January 9, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      well, if we want to do this trail, I would say we leave at 8am, unless we want to do an alternate route.

      January 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Catch you next time. I think you'll have great conditions for your trip tomorrow.

    January 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry to miss this Mac but I'm working at noon.

    January 3, 2013

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