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Snow Bowl Hut Snowshoe

Mount Rainier Area

Location

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise
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Length

8.5 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 4300 ft.

Rating

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Sno-Parks Permit
This trail is open for day use but the Mount Tahoma Huts are closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19
 
 

Bruni's Snow Bowl Hut is named for Brunhilde (Bruni) Wislicenus, a passionate mountaineer and wilderness skier who donated a substantial portion of the funds to rebuild the hut after a fire in 2007 burnt the original to the ground. Now, it provides skiers and snowshoers a place to warm up after a bracing 4.5 mile jaunt along forest roads in Tahoma State Forest.

Access to the south district of the huts, managed by Mount Tahoma Trails Association, is via a series of steep forest roads. Climbing almost the entire way, the trek can be tiring, but don’t let this discourage you. The views are well worth it. If you're snowshoeing, make sure to practice good trail manners and stay to the right side of the road, out of the ski tracks.

From the lower Sno-Park trailhead, start up the road, continuing straight through the first junction in under a half mile. Pass the middle parking area at 1.2 miles and the upper park at 1.9 miles. After passing over Catt Creek, you’ll come to a string of switchbacks. Keep straight at the junction, then reach a low saddle at 2.6 miles. Here, the road veers right, where you can continue up to High Hut -- closer, but a steeper hike.

Turning left, you'll enjoy a somewhat flatter grade for a short while. Look for peek-a-boo views of Mount Rainier to your left, until the trail begins climbing again. You'll have another 0.8 miles of steep uphill before this section peaks beneath a banner of prayer flags strung up across the trail.

From this colorful indicator, continue on through more forest on a flat grade that begins descending downhill to a junction with the road leading to The Yurt -- the furthest flung hut on the system. Stay to the right, and begin the final moderate uphill jaunt, just 0.25 miles to Bruni's.

 

Snow Bowl Hut Snowshoe

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 46.7059, -121.9927 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

Washington State Department of Natural Resources

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Guidebooks & Maps

Mount Tahoma Trails Association map (Available at Whittaker's Mountaineering)

Green Trails Randle No. 301

Getting There

From Elbe, drive east on SR 706 to just a mile before Ashford (about 8 miles). Look for a Baptist Church on the right side of the road, and turn onto the road just before it. This is DNR Road 1.

Road 1 leads straight to the Sno-Parks for the south district of Mount Tahoma Trails Association. Proceed five miles from 706 along this likely snow-covered, but well-signed road to arrive at the lower Sno-Park.

It is also possible to reach the huts from Kernahan Road, though this way is more convoluted and not necessarily cleared in the winter. From 706, turn off onto Kernahan Road, and continue 1.4 miles, then right onto Osborn Road/Paradise Estates. Take an immediate left onto FR 85 for 1.5 miles, then right onto DNR Road 1 for 2.1 miles. Turn left after crossing Catt Creek and continue 3.1 miles to lower Sno-Park.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Sno-Parks Permit
This trail is open for day use but the Mount Tahoma Huts are closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19
 

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