Shark Fin

Crystal Mountain

Mount Rainier National Park

A steep, open glade for experts.

Ski Touring Severe

Distance
445 m
Ascent
0 m
Descent
269 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
1.8 km
High Point
2.1 km
Gradient
37˚
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Shark Fin Map

Description

This steep, open glade gets surprisingly few tracks. This glade gets its name from a vertically aligned rocky outcropping that resembles a shark fin. The name is used by ski patrollers who use the shark fin rock as an avalanche control point. Hidden from view by trees of the same size, this demarcation often goes unnoticed. Access this glade from SE King Left. Stay right, traversing towards SE King Right Proper. About halfway down, the trees open up and a broad face opens up. Watch for rocks at the top of this broad face. This slope avalanches regularly and can sometimes be stripped bare of snow at its steepest section. Once through the rocks, the slope opens up for another several hundred feet into Silver Basin.

Difficulty

Severe

Steep skiing at 38-45 degrees. This requires very good technique and the risk of falling has serious consequences.

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

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Features

  • Trees
  • Cliffs
  • Walk Required