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Emmons Glacier 

Mod. Snow

   
Type:  Snow, Alpine, 10700'
FA: Rainier: Hazard Stevens and Philemon Van Trump, 1870 Emmons Glacier route: ??
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Submitted By: Bryson Slothower on Jun 23, 2007

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Summit Crater of Mt. Rainier. June 2011

Description 

Start from the White River ranger station (360)569-6030 at 4,300ft.

Follow the White River 3.1 miles to tree line and possible camping at Glacier Basin around 6000ft.

Continue up the Interglacier (crevasses) to Camp Curtis at 8,500 ft. and more possible camping. Descend slightly at the top of the ridge down onto the Emmons Glacier and continue up a short distance to the standard high camp at Camp Schurman and Steamboat Prow at 9,450 ft.

From Schurman head up and left to a 1,500 ft. snowy ramp called the Corridor.

Above the Corridor the climbing steepens and trends right to the bergschrund which may be tricky to cross depending on conditions.

Above the bergschrund one more steep section awaits before the summit.

Descend the route.


Location 

NE side of Rainier.


Protection 

Glacier gear with snow pro.



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Little Tahoma Peak as seen from the Emmons Glacier Route.  June 2011
Little Tahoma Peak as seen from the Emmons Glacier...
climbers above the corridor
climbers above the corridor
Emmons Glacier
Emmons Glacier
Descent on Emmons.  Becky, Jake, Joel, Scotty.
Descent on Emmons. Becky, Jake, Joel, Scotty.
Camp Schurman.  Emmons Glacier Route.  June 2011
Camp Schurman. Emmons Glacier Route. June 2011
Descent, looking back up at Rainier as I made the entrance onto the Inter glacier.
Descent, looking back up at Rainier as I made the ...
Right before stepping onto the Emmons Glacier, below Camp Schurman.
Right before stepping onto the Emmons Glacier, bel...
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By Bryson Slothower
Jun 24, 2007

A flood during the winter of 2007 washed out much of the trail between the White River ranger station and Glacier Basin. While the trial is being rebuilt there is yellow flag tape marking the route for about a mile. Expect loose rock in washed out gullies and downed trees to delay travel a bit.

By Bingman
From: Denver, CO
Nov 21, 2008

FA: Reverend J. Warner Fobes, George James, and Richard O., 1884.

For more FA info, and a lot more beta on the route, see this.

By Sarah Kate
From: Seattle, WA
May 5, 2009

Fewer people, totally stunning, moderate route up the back of the White Giant. Do it early in the season to avoid having to do massive hauls around the bergschrund.

By lucander
From: Stone Ridge, NY
Aug 5, 2013
rating: Easy Snow

Left trailhead at 6pm, summited a little after daybreak. Done this way, there is excellent firm snow the whole way.