Rinky Dink

Crystal Mountain

Mount Rainier National Park

A short steep open face

Freeride Skiing Difficult

Distance
146 m
Ascent
0 m
Descent
76 m
Low Point
1.9 km
High Point
2 km
Gradient
38˚
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Description

A short steep open face, Rinky Dink is a difficult black diamond due to challenging access. Traverse upper Grubstake and snake through the trees to the opening on the ridge below Hormone Alley. This saddle marks the beginning of Rinky Dink. Some incorrectly dub this entire ridge Rinky Dink, which is actually named Kookie Ridge. Just 300 feet of vertical, at first glance Rinky Dink might hardly seem worth the effort. Thanks to prevailing winds, however, the snow is often deeper here than elsewhere. This slope has become increasingly popular.

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

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