Sunny September

The month of September is already more than half over!  With clear skies and almost no precipitation climbers have still been getting up to the summit via the Disappointment Cleaver.  The route has stayed in incredible shape for this time of year.  A warmer, and more importantly, drier forecast for the end of this month would offer outstanding late-season climbs.  See route report links to the right for pictures and more details.

At the height of the climbing season (July and early-August) we'll have almost 1000 climbers a week on the mountain.  Now, in mid-September, there are 100 climbers a week or so.  If you're looking for a bit more solitude and 'wilderness' mountain experience - now is the time to climb.  

Check the Mount Rainier National Park website for the fall/winter hours of operation.  Also, as the snow starts to fall, roads will start to close for the season.  Keep an eye on predicted and current closures on the park's road status page.  Climbing rangers will no longer be staffing both high camps regularly.  Make sure to have a current forecast (this time of year especially) before heading up on a climb.  Enjoy the last bit of summer before the snow!

Fall Is Falling

Well folks it's getting to be that time a year again...

Starting September 2nd the Climbing Information Center in Paradise will have reduced hours as the season draws to a close.
September 2014
Saturdays 7:00am-3:00pm
Sunday 7:00am-3:00pm
Monday-Friday CLOSED

Visit the permits and registration page for more details about where and when you can register, during the month of September and beyond.

Heads Up Regarding Late Season Hazards

Icy area
Fall is arriving swiftly with changing weather and variable visibility.

Please use caution and come prepared for your visit. The fall weather can change rapidly from sunshine to clouds, fog and even snow. Expect decreased visibility conditions.

In some places the glorious sunshine of the summer has finally melted down to the ice of the Muir Snow Field. Be aware of firm and slippery ice in some places. Crampons or other traction devices are still optional at this time but may come in handy on the upper section depending on your comfort and skill level.

Weak/false bridge across crevasse.


You don't want to go there.

As of this posting none of the crevasses observed were wider than ~18" and were easily stepped over. Note that 18" is still large enough for some people to fall into. By crevasse standards 18" is small but it is big enough to bite and cause serious harm or worse.