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Mazama Ridge Snowshoe

Mount Rainier Area > SW - Longmire/Paradise
46.7860, -121.7350 Map & Directions
Length
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
900 feet
Highest Point
5700 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Moderate
Rainier on a clear winter day. Photo by Janelle Walker.
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Lakes
  • Ridges/passes

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Mazama Ridge at Mount Rainier's Paradise area offers an especially scenic intermediate-level snowshoe route in the midst of snow-covered alpine meadows. Continue reading

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Hiking Mazama Ridge Snowshoe

Mazama Ridge at Mount Rainier's Paradise area offers an especially scenic intermediate-level snowshoe route in the midst of snow-covered alpine meadows. The wide-open views from the ridge are absolutely jaw-dropping: Mount Rainier, the Tatoosh Range, rolling subalpine meadows, wind-sculpted drifts - and there are boundless opportunities to explore.

To avoid avalanche chutes, park rangers recommend taking the Paradise Valley Road to the 4th Crossing route up to Mazama Ridge. It's steeper than the summer route up from the Edith Creek bridge, but it's safer. The Edith Creek route goes through the avalanche run out zones for the slopes between Edith Creek and Mazama.

Climb north from the parking area towards Myrtle Falls, keeping to the left of Paradise Inn on the Mazama Ridge Trail. Cross Edith Creek on a footbridge above Myrtle Falls and continue east across the upper area of Paradise Valley towards Mazama Ridge.

Ascend steeply another half a mile to reach the crest of the ridge with some small trees at 5700 feet. From the ridgecrest, admire views in every direction: south to the peaks of the Tatoosh Range and north to mammoth Mount Rainier, all draped in a winter blanket.

Then, let the wandering begin! Following the ridgeline south will lead you to the land of snowy meadows and views of the Pinnacle Peak, The Castle, Unicorn, Boundary Peak, not to mention Rainier itself. At the 2.5 mile mark, you can peer down to Reflection and Louise Lakes (also an alternative route to Mazama Ridge).

To return follow the ridge and your tracks back to Paradise.

Extend Your Route: Follow the ridgeline south to views of Reflection and Louise Lakes before turning north to head back to where you started.

Hike Description Written by
Joan Burton, WTA Community

Mazama Ridge Snowshoe

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 46.7860, -121.7350 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

National Park Pass

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 Tacoma drive east on State Route 7, turning left onto SR 706 at Elbe. Continue east through the Nisqually Entrance of Mount Rainier National Park, and proceed up the road to Paradise Inn.

More Hike Details

Trailhead

Mount Rainier Area > SW - Longmire/Paradise

Mount Rainier National Park

Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking: Mt. Rainier National Park Trails (Nelson & Bauer - Mountaineers Books)

Snowshoe Routes: Washington (Nelson - Mountaineers Books)

Buy the Green Trails Mt Rainier East No. 270 map

Buy the Green Trails Paradise No. 270S map

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