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High Hut Snowshoe

Mount Rainier Area > SW - Longmire/Paradise
46.6998, -121.9925 Map & Directions
Length
7.8 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
2400 feet
Highest Point
4800 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Hard
Groomed perfection at High Hut. Photo by whitebark.
  • Mountain views

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Sno-Parks Permit

High Hut is the highlight of the Mount Tahoma Trail System. From the warmth of a cozy alpine hut, enjoy some of the best views in the southern Cascades. Continue reading

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Hiking High Hut Snowshoe

High Hut is the highlight of the Mount Tahoma Trail System. From the warmth of a cozy alpine hut, enjoy some of the best views in the southern Cascades.

There’s no sugarcoating it—this trail is steep, and it climbs almost the entire way. But don’t let this discourage you. The views are well worth it. Make sure to practice good trail manners and stay off the ski tracks.

From the lower Sno-Park trailhead, start up the road, continuing straight through the first junction in under 0.5 mile. Pass the middle park at 1.2 miles and the upper park at 1.9 miles. After passing over Catt Creek, you’ll come to a string of switchbacks. Keep straight at the junction, then reach a low saddle at 2.6 miles, after which you turn right.

Until this point, most views have been blocked by the dense forest. Now, clearings start to reveal peeks of Mounts St. Helens and Adams, which will help keep your mind off the steep climb. At 3.2 miles, turn right and head straight up the ridge. Continue straight through one last junction to reach the hut.

Sitting on a windblown ridge, High Hut offers outstanding views of the area: Mount Rainier, Nisqually Valley, Anderson Lake, Puget Sound and the Olympics. Inside the hut are a wood stove and cooking utensils. Warm up by the fire and make a hot drink, then relax and enjoy the winterscape.

All huts have a wood stove, oven, stovetop, bunk beds/mattresses, outdoor pit toilet, and cooking utensils. Reservations to stay overnight must be obtained via the Mount Tahoma Trails Association website

WTA Pro Tip: This route is usually marked with mileage markers, but they can be inaccurate. Be sure to bring a map and compass or, better yet, a GPS to help monitor elevation and navigate the ridge to the hut.

Hike Description Written by
Brittany Manwill, WTA Correspondent

High Hut Snowshoe

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 46.6998, -121.9925 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

The huts are open for overnight use only to members of the same party who have prior reservations

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Sno-Parks Permit

WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

From Elbe, drive east on SR 706 to just a mile before Ashford (about 8 miles). Look for a Baptist Church on the right side of the road, and turn onto the road just before it. This is DNR Road 1.

Road 1 leads straight to the Sno-Parks for the south district of Mount Tahoma Trails Association. Proceed five miles from 706 along this likely snow-covered, but well-signed road to arrive at the lower Sno-Park.

It is also possible to reach the huts from Kernahan Road, though this way is more convoluted and not necessarily cleared in the winter. From 706, turn off onto Kernahan Road, and continue 1.4 miles, then right onto Osborn Road/Paradise Estates. Take an immediate left onto FR 85 for 1.5 miles, then right onto DNR Road 1 for 2.1 miles. Turn left after crossing Catt Creek and continue 3.1 miles to lower Sno-Park.

More Hike Details

Trailhead

Mount Rainier Area > SW - Longmire/Paradise

Washington State Department of Natural Resources

Guidebooks & Maps

Snowshoe Routes Washington (Nelson - Mountaineers Books)

Mount Tahoma Trails Association map (Available at Whittaker's Mountaineering)

Green Trails 301 Randle

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