Little Tahoma on Mt. Rainier

 

Route Description: Little Tahoma is a 12000' peak in its on right, but also an offshoot of Mount Rainier.  Its another great ski destination and typically done in 2 days.  The summit push has some steep snow and scrambling to reach the final Summit block that is some chossy exposed rock.  The quality was reasonable, but there is certainly some objective hazard for holds to break off and the ski boots enhance that. You can approach from either Paradise or the Frying Pan Trailhead, which is where we started.  From here you follow the trail 'til yo need to navigate upstream and then venture toward meany crest. We found a campsite partway up the slope toward meany crest.  Summit day is to continue up Meany crest and follow the Frying Pan to Whitman Glaciers and then some steep snow and rock scrambling to the summit.  This is a great weekend trip in the spring and the crowds are less than other popular spring tours, but you still get many thousand feet of descent.  We did have some big wet slides chasing us around so be careful as some of the aspects shape up for that.  

 

 

Stories by Scott Heinz ( Medical Moose Labs)

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