Pope's Gulch

Crystal Mountain

Mount Rainier National Park

A steep gully on the Frontside

Freeride Skiing Difficult

Distance
525 m
Ascent
0 m
Descent
277 m
Low Point
1.7 km
High Point
2 km
Gradient
39˚
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Pope's Gulch Map

Description

The terrain from Lucky Shot to Upper Ferk's is known as the Frontside. Pope's Gulch is the steep gully to the skier's left of Rainier Express. While still exposed from the chair, Pope's Gulch is partly hidden by a tree island. In early season before it is filled in, watch for the Sunnyside Road cat track three-quarters of the way down. Continue below this cat track for some lower angle terrain that is often mogul-filled.

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

1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Features

  • Trees
  • Cliffs

Equipment required

  • Skins

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