The Mazamas offers a variety of classes for all ability levels. Learn new skills in mountaineering, rock climbing, first aid, ski mountaineering, and more.
Considered the 'standard' winter route on Mount Rainier. Begin at the Henry M. Jackson Visitor's Center at Paradise, climb up past Pebble Creek up to Camp Muir via the Muir snowfield. From there, ascend up the left side of the Cowlitz Glacier or Cowlitz Cleaver past "The Beehive" to the base of Gibraltar Rock before traversing left across the ledge system to Gibraltar Chute. Climb to the top of the Gibraltar Chute to the saddle (Camp Comfort) and then ascend to the summit rim. Depending on conditions, climbers descend via the Disappointment Cleaver or Ingraham Direct routes back to Camp Muir.
|Driving Distance from Portland||150 miles|
|Driving Time from Portland||3 hours|
|Expected Duration||Car to car in two or more days|
|Relevant Books||Climbers Guide to the Cascade Volcanoes by Jeff Smoot Cascade Alpine Guide: Columbia River to Stevens Pass by Fred Beckey|
|Relevant Maps||USGS 7 minute series, Mt. Rainier East <href="http: maps.google.com="" maps?f="q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Mt.+Rainier&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=40.732051,93.164063&ie=UTF8&ll=46.849802,-121.757483&spn=0.017229,0.04549&t=p&z=15&iwloc=A"" title="Google map">Google map <href="http: "="" adventure="" c463="" starts-here="" title="On the Mazama Climbing and Hiking map page " www.mazamas.org="" your="">On the Mazama Climbing and Hiking map page Some nice GPS tracks and topo maps from Karl Helser: <href="http: images="" routemap-rainierdc1.jpg"="" routes="" title="Map 1" www.mazamas.org="">Map 1 <href="http: images="" routemap-rainierdc2.jpg"="" routes="" title="Map 2" www.mazamas.org="">Map 2</href="http:></href="http:></href="http:></href="http:>|
|Awards Qualified||16 Major NW Peaks|