East Peak Skin Uptrack

Crystal Mountain

Mount Rainier National Park

The uphill route to access East Peak

Ski Touring Difficult

Distance
2.9 km
Ascent
629 m
Descent
9 m
Duration
2-3 hrs
Low Point
1.4 km
High Point
2 km
Gradient
30˚
East Peak Skin Uptrack Map

This track starts at the base area. Work your way up the cat track/road to the climbers left of Gold Hills chair. Watch out for snowmobiles and snowcats used to access the houses at the top of the lift. This track goes through the trees. Look for a narrow trail on the uphill side of a sharp switchback. This hill is the first relatively open slope. Follow for a short distance, head uphill and right and follow an old ski trail. Once the trail turns back towards the left, continue up and straight ahead. You will have to cross a creek and make your way up a steep hill. At the top of this hill, you will encounter the summer hiking trail. From here, head up and to the right. Your destination will be above you. Look for a few small cliffs on the climbers right. You want to head up and to the left of these, working your way up the slope and keeping the ridge on your left side. Continue to the top.

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.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, May, November, December

Features

  • Trees
  • Cliffs
  • Walk Required

Equipment required

  • Skins