Mt Rainier National Park Trails and Backcountry Camp Conditions - August 3rd, 2010

posted Aug 3, 2010, 1:34 AM by Luke Hizer   [ updated Aug 3, 2010, 1:46 AM ]
Latest updates from the past couple of weeks:

General Conditions Update

July 29, 2010: The snow line is around 5500 feet. Always check with rangers and know the local forecast for mountain weather before setting out on any trail.

Carbon River

Everything except Seattle Park is melted out.

Longmire

Area trails all snow-free, 20% coverage reported on Narada Falls trail to Paradise.

Ohanapecosh

Pacific Crest Trail is melted out on the southern slopes, shows 50% coverage.

Paradise

Several trails still snow-covered.

White River

Glacier Basin Trail

patchy snow

The first mile of the re-route is finished. Please use the summer route. The trail crew is doing hazardous work on the new trail... please stay on the flagged route. Bear activity in this area. Please store food properly.

7/28/10

Naches Peak Trail

50

The east side of the loop is about 70% snow-covered. The west side is about 30% snow-covered.

7/28/10


Palisades Lakes Trail

30

First section of trail is steep and icy. Bootpack makes route easy to follow.
7/28/10

Wonderland

Sections still with snow:

Longmire to Indian Henrys


2

Patchy snow starts at Devil's Dream Creek and remains until 1/4 mile past Indian Henrys. The route is easy to follow. Be careful of punching through. Snow-free at Indian Henrys.


7/29/10


Indian Henrys to South Puyallup River


1

Spotty snow at the top of Emerald Ridge.


7/26/10


South Puyallup River to Klapatche Park


5


Snow-covered at the top the upper switchbacks south of St. Andrews Lake through Klapatche Park. Navigation not too difficult at this point. Trekking poles helpful.


7/26/10


Klapatche Park to North Puyallup River


2


First 1/2 mile steep and snowy. Trekking poles helpful.

7/26/10

North Puyallup River to Golden Lakes


2

Patchy snow near with 1/2 mile of Golden Lakes. Easy to follow the trail.


7/26/10

White River Campground to Summerland


50


Snow-free the first four miles. 100% snow-covered starting at the switchbacks below Summerland. Follow wands.The footlogs over the White River and Fryingpan Creek are IN.

7/21/10

Summerland to Indian Bar



70

The route still has a lot of snow but is melting out in places.

7/28/10


Indian Bar to Box Canyon

25

Snow-free the last six mile. There is a very agressive goshawk shortly before the Nickel Creek Camp.

7/28/10

Box Canyon To Reflection Lakes



5

  
There is a large slide that has damaged 100 feet of trail below Martha Falls. The trail crew has made repairs but this section is prone to repeat damge anytime it rains. CAUTION should be taken if attempting to cross. The footlog near Maple Creek Camp is IN. Martha Falls footlog is in. There is snow on the section of trail around Reflection Lakes.

7/18/10

Full report can be found here.

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