5 Trees

Crystal Mountain

Mount Rainier National Park

A nice, steep glade that holds snow after a storm.

Freeride Skiing Difficult

Distance
379 m
Ascent
0 m
Descent
220 m
Low Point
1.6 km
High Point
1.8 km
Gradient
43˚
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Description

5 Trees is a nice, steep glade that holds snow after a storm. Don't let the name fool you, there are more than simply five trees here. These trees protect the snow from the sun during high pressure, which plagues other runs along this low band of rocks and cliffs. 5 Trees is mostly free of cliffs. The lower section does narrow a bit by the buttress that boarders Double Dog Dare. This is easily avoided, however. What this run lacks in length, it makes up for in depth. For some reason, 5 Trees seems to hold the snow longer than the runs on either side. As the trees thicken up at the bottom, veer right or wiggle through trees on the left. The open face below still holds good turns, albeit at a mellower angle. At the bottom, hit the dregs of Northway Run to the bottom for another lap. Note that once through the gates to Northway, cliffs and other hazards are not marked. This is avalanche prone terrain. Carry the proper equipment and ski/ride with a partner.

Difficulty

Difficult

Serious gradient of 30-38 degrees where a real risk of slipping exists.

Low Exposure (E1)

1 out of 4

Exposure is limited to that of the slope itself. Getting hurt is still likely if the slope is steep and/or the snow is hard.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Features

  • Trees
  • Cliffs
  • Walk Required

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