Gunbarrel

Crystal Mountain

Mount Rainier National Park

This wide backcountry chute offers consistent snow and pitch

Ski Touring Difficult

Distance
356 m
Ascent
0 m
Descent
178 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
1.7 km
High Point
1.9 km
Gradient
46˚
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Description

Sitting above Upper Henskin Lake, Gunbarrel makes for a fun, steep pitch. Approach by skinning up from the top of Quicksilver lift or by traversing from Three Way Exit Chute. Wide enough to bank turns off the sides, this chute is less intimidating than Dogleg and opens up to the bottom without cliffs. The entrance is the steepest part but watch for loaded snow; avalanches are common. This is true backcountry. Carry proper equipment and always ski or ride with a partner.

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

3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Features

  • Trees
  • Cliffs
  • Walk Required

Equipment required

  • Skins