Pick handle Point Skin Uptrack

Crystal Mountain

Mount Rainier National Park

A short skin up from the top of Quicksilver Chair to the summit of Pickhandle Point

Ski Touring Difficult

Distance
1.9 km
Ascent
383 m
Descent
49 m
Duration
1-2 hrs
Low Point
1.6 km
High Point
1.9 km
Gradient
37˚
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Pick handle Point Skin Uptrack Map

Description

This is a relatively short skin up if you start from the top of Quicksilver Chair. Head up towards the runout of Silver Basin. Alternately you can start from Silver Basin by contouring around the east end of the drainage below Gunbarrel and Dogleg. As the cat track heads into the trees above Quicksilver Chair, stay to the climbers left. You will dip down and cross a creek bed. Stay left again past this dip. You will still be on an old logging road. At the top of the next rise, stay right through a well-spaced glade. Head NE towards the lowest point on the east ridge, known as Bear Gap. Watch for steep slopes above you that could slide. Work the lower angle slopes through the trees to this gap. Once at the pass, either skin or boot up the ridge to the summit of Pickhandle Point.

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

3 out of 4

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

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, November, December

Features

  • Trees
  • Walk Required

Equipment required

  • Skins