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.
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 :-)
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.