East Shoulder

Crystal Mountain

Mount Rainier National Park

This short steep face is rarely skied due challenging route finding

Freeride Skiing Difficult

Distance
187 m
Ascent
0 m
Descent
134 m
Low Point
1.9 km
High Point
2 km
Gradient
46˚
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East Shoulder Map

Description

Even though East Shoulder is part of Hamburger Basin, it is only accessible when Southback is open. Enter the upper Southback gate at the summit of the Throne and work the ridge past Alex's Funnel to the steep, tree-d slope to the skier's right. Shimmy through the trees to the triangular slope below a cliff. Enjoy a few turns before hitting the traverse track, then work the trees and gullies below the traverse. End in the deep snow near the A-Basin Line. See description.

Difficulty

Difficult

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

Medium Exposure (E2)

2 out of 4

As well as the slope itself, there are some obstacles (such as rock outcrops) which could aggravate injury.

Remoteness

1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Features

  • Trees
  • Cliffs
  • Walk Required

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