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Kautz / Fuhrer Approach from Comet Falls & Descent

Mount Rainier National Park

Add some vert and fall line to your Fuhrer Finger/Kautz Descent and find the line to the Success

Ski Touring Difficult

6.6 km
1.4 km
98 m
5-6 hrs
Low Point
1.1 km
High Point
2.4 km
Kautz / Fuhrer Approach from Comet Falls & Descent Map

This is a popular ski touring route which is generally considered to be difficult. It's remote, it features high exposure (e3) and is typically done between February and June. From a low point of 1.1 km to the maximum altitude of 2.4 km, the route covers 6.6 km, 1390 vertical metres of ascent and 98 vertical metres of descent. You'll need skins, ice axe and crampons to complete it safely.


Follow the summer trail to near 6K then work up near 7,500' before making a choice to go to the Success or continue direct toward the Wilson Glacier and Turtle Snowfield



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

High Exposure (E3)

3 out of 4

In case of a fall, death is highly likely.


2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

between February and June


  • Bowl
  • Alpine
  • Cliffs
  • Tree Skiing
  • Single Descent

Equipment required

  • Skins
  • Ice axe
  • Crampons

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