Snowshoe or Ski to Mazama Ridge

Paradise Ranger Station

Great Views of Mt. Rainer and the Tatoosh Range amidst a winter wonderland.

This scenic destination begins at the Paradise parking lot. Head north from the parking area towards Myrtle falls. Make sure to stay left of the Paradise in and cross Edith creek over a footbridge near Myrtle falls. From here, head east towards Mazama ridge by crossing through upper Paradise Valley. The next half mile steepens until you reach the top of the ridge at 5700 feet. Towards the south you can see the craggy peaks of the Tatoosh Range and towards the north, Mt Rainer.

Pack List

  • Warm Clothing
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Snow Shoes
  • Backcountry Skis
  • Map & Compass
  • Camera
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RT Distance 6 Miles
Elevation Gain 900 Feet
Activities Photography, Skiing, Snowshoeing
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Winter
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Easy Parking
Forest
Scenic
Waterfall

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Perfect Winter Snow Shoe Trail

This was an amazing hike! I highly recommend it. We clocked 6.11 miles and 1200 feet elevation gain, which included going down to Reflection Lakes. Keep in mind that this trail is not always blazed in the winter, so be sure to have a map and compass. Fortunately for us, there were others coming up and we were going down the south side which made for a clear path to the bottom. The trail spans above where most of the avalanche risk was, so it felt safe.

When you don't want to work too hard for amazing views :)

This snowshoe is stunning! The views of the Tatoosh range and Mt. Rainier are unreal. Only a 900 ft. gain and then you can amble along the ridge and explore the area to your heart's content. Stop in the visitor's center at Paradise before you head out to check in with a ranger about snow conditions and get a little map that marks the primary avalanche zones you'll encounter around the area.


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