Ski Touring in the Southern WA near Randle and Climbing


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Justin G88 · · Unknown Hometown · Joined May 2015 · Points: 230

There is a chance I might be moving to Randle WA. It sits in a basin between Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adams and Mt. St Helen's. I was wondering if anyone has any experience with the area and could and provide me with some beta for winter access in the area?

Also the climbing in the Tieton River seems pretty cool. I would also love to know what the scene is like there?

Thanks for the help
cheers

Kyle Tarry · · Portland, OR · Joined Mar 2015 · Points: 162

Caveat: I am not a skier, but have been in to all of the areas mentioned below, some of them in winter.

The Paradise entrance to Rainier is plowed all winter, and is accessed from that side of the mountain (via Morton). They get piles of snow in that area, so you need to be aware of the avy danger, but there are lots of places to ski. Aside from Rainier itself, the Tatoosh Range has lots of really good lower elevation terrain (4k-6k feet), and is much less popular, I think it's an underrated gem in the area. This also quite close to the Goat Rocks Wilderness, which has some really cool terrain for skiing, and some mountaineering. The "Dark Divide" region of Gifford Pinchot National Forest is lesser traveled and has lots of cool features, I have only been there in summer but there are some sweet looking faces in there if you like to suffer on long-ass winter approaches. I don't think many (any?) roads in this area are clear in winter, aside from sno-parks.

kevino · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Sep 2008 · Points: 0

In addition to above, you are of course 45 ish minutes from White Pass which is a fun ski area and lots of back country/side country access. I honestly really liked the climbing in Tieton, which variety and when its good one of the best ice climbing spots in WA in Strobach Mtn.

Jimmy Downhillinthesnow · · Bozeman, Montana · Joined Mar 2013 · Points: 10

The climbing in Tieton is really sweet. Lots of excellent 5.10 cracks in between andesite pillars, and some good 5.10-5.11 sport climbs on the pillar faces. The Bend is basically in the shade all winter, but Royal Columns get some good afternoon sun. It's very hot in the summer.

Roamin' Buffalo · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Apr 2016 · Points: 50

Goat Rocks (immediately south of Randall) will offer superb spring skiing. Access may be an issue until the road opens.

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