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Westside Road

Mount Rainier Area

Location

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise
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Length

11.0 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Rating

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

National Park Pass
 
 

Mount Rainier's Westside Road is closed in winter at the junction with Highway 706, making this road showshoe more than 11 miles roundtrip.

From the junction, make your way along the road as it follows Tahoma Creek. Five miles in, a turnoff leads to Round Pass, Gobblers Knob, and Mount Beljica to the west. To the east lie the South Puyallup Trail, Emerald Ridge the Wonderland Trail.

The Westside Road is an easy snowshoe with a gently uphill grade for the most part (it is a road, after all). However, always be aware of potential avalanche hazards, particularly in the first mile of the hike, since the road has been closed for several years due to rockfall from the cliffs above the road near the junction for 706.

 

Westside Road

Map & Directions

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Co-ordinates: 46.7354, -121.8566 Open map in new window

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Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

Mount Rainier National Park

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Getting There

From the Nisqually entrance of Mount Rainier National Park (off Highway 706), drive east on Nisqually-Longmire Road for one mile. The turnoff for the Westside Road is on your left. There is no designated parking area, so be sure to park in such a way that traffic can flow uninterrupted along the road.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

National Park Pass
 

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