Spend the weekend with Cascade Mountain Adventures on the side of Mt. Rainier. Learn how to enjoy winter snow camping adventure trips in a safe and supportive environment while expanding your wilderness adventure calendar into all four seasons. This is also a great opportunity to train for your mountaineering dreams!
Rating: Beginner - Intermediate
Group Size: 4
Duration: 2 1/2 Days
Price: $400 /per person
Experience the breathtaking beauty and serenity of Mt. Rainier in winter. You will spend a night camping on the snow in Mt. Rainier National Park. You will learn about winter trip planning, safety considerations, gear requirements, risk evaluation, and so much more.
You will also enjoy stunning views and an up close and personal experience with the incredible Mt. Rainier. There is truly nothing like first light on the Mountain. Our goal is to to make you a safe, independent, and confident winter snow camper.
No Previous Experience Required - Some Backpacking Experience Encouraged
Able to Walk 4-6 Miles Over Varied Terrain
Sense of Adventure - You've Got This!
Why Join Us
This trip is designed for adventurous women looking for a unique outdoor experience.
Winter snow camping is an incredible opportunity to experience the wilderness environment in an entirely new way. Learn and practice the skills to plan, prepare for, and safely enjoy your own winter snow camping adventures. Our objectives include learning important winter safety considerations, selecting winter overnight destinations, predicting and planning for current conditions, establishing a winter campsite, effective layer management, essential winter self-care skills, and winter specific Leave No Trace considerations.
The Cascade Mountain Adventures team has years of experience in leading safe and successful winter snow camping classes. An overnight snow camping adventure with Cascade Mountain Adventures will expand your backpacking and wilderness skills in a safe and supportive environment. Join us to learn how to safely and confidently enjoy overnight wilderness camping year round. (and get you closer to those mountaineering dreams!) You will be in great hands with an experienced team with years of mountaineering and snow travel experience.
Overnight gear - tents, sleeping bags, and sleeping pads - will be provided for this event. This is a supportive first-time winter snow camping experience led at an easy recreational pace.
Supportive Expert Instruction
Winter Overnight Camping Gear (Backpack, Tent, Bag, Pad)
Small Group Size
Beginner Oriented Pace
Wilderness First Responder Certified Leader
Emergency Communication Gear
Required Personal Clothing & Gear (Gear List)
Personal Snacks - Dinner & Breakfast Provided
Personal Hygiene / Self-Care Items
First Night Accommodations
Transportation To/From the Trailhead
Mt. Rainier National Park Entry Fees
Our first half-day session begins at 4:00pm in the community of Ashford, WA and the gateway to Mt. Rainier National Park. This initial session provides you with an opportunity to review your gear and get to know your group. This will also be your opportunity to receive any gear your are borrowing from us and/or acquire any last minute gear items at a local mountain shop. Whittaker’s Mountaineering rents many of the items on the client provided gear list including parkas, gloves, and traction devices.
Your leader will review your itinerary, a map of the area, expected destination(s), trail conditions, and the essentials of winter wilderness preparedness. You will also receive an introduction to Mt. Rainier National Park, the unique features of this special area, and the mission of the National Park Service.
Clients will need to arrange their own lodging after gear check. We recommend staying at Whittaker’s Bunkhouse adjacent to our meeting location in Ashford, WA.
Your group will meet at Whittaker’s Bunkhouse at 8:00am with overnight backpacks packed and ready to roll. We will have a brief opportunity to grab coffee and breakfast at Whittaker’s before leaving for the Park at 8:30am. Our group will then caravan up to the Paradise area of Mt. Rainier National Park.
We regret that we cannot provide transportation at this time. Clients will be required to drive themselves to Paradise in Mt. Rainier National Park. Please be aware of and compliant with all winter vehicle standards for Mt. Rainier National Park. Tire chains are required to be available for all vehicles.
Once at Paradise, your leader will review winter safety considerations, layer management, self-care considerations, risk assessment, on-snow campsite selection and setup, and winter wildlife safety. Your group will then hike to your overnight camping location, setup camp, establish group areas, and review winter wildlife safety techniques.
You will then enjoy a short hike - 3 miles roundtrip - to your campsite. A clear day allows for views of the incredible Tahoma / Mt. Rainier as well as Klickitat / Mt. Adams, Wy’East / Mt. Hood, and points beyond.
Your hike will conclude in plenty of time to return to your campsite before sunset and group dinner before turning in for the night. Your leader will review essential skills for staying warm and comfortable in below freezing on-snow conditions overnight. Trust us - it's possible! A clear night will also allow for incredible stargazing before tucking in to your warm sleeping bag. You will be sharing a tent with another amazing woman and new friend.
Your second day will begin at sunrise to enjoy first light on Mt. Rainier and surrounding area. Your group will then prepare breakfast and enjoy a final morning on the mountain before breaking down your campsite.
Your adventure will end with hot coffee and a team debrief in the Paradise Visitor's Center. We will review the adventure, lessons learned along the way, and answer any remaining questions you might have.
$400 /per Participant