Snowshoers will find that they are not bound by a specific trail on this route. Hiking up Mazama Ridge, they can amble off in any direction and pick their own paths through the deep snow of the meadows along the ridge crest. There is no finer place for snowshoers to enjoy the total freedom of movement that their ‘shoes afford them.
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Mountaineers New Year’s Day snowshoe on Mazama Ridge. Beautiful weather.
Participants include Louise Kornreich (leader), Richard DuBois, Nicole Hansen, Lisa Ni, Pegge Nelson, Becky Kim, Lynn F. Graf, Richard Burt, Barbara J. Dahl, Teresa Wittmann, Linda M. Kuramoto and Steve Podleski.
Reference: Green Trails: Mount Rainier East No. 270, Paradise No. 270S. Snowshoe Routes Washington, by Dan A. Nelson, No. 88 Mazama Ridge.
To get there, drive east from Tacoma on State Route 7 and bear left onto SR 706 at the town of Elbe. Continue east through the Nisqually Entrance of Mount Rainier National Park, and proceed up the plowed road to the Paradise Lodge parking area.
Trailhead GPS coordinates (46.7860,-121.7350)
National Park Pass required.
4.97 miles, 1455 ft. gain, 5 hrs 13 min.