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Spray Park, Mt. Rainier?

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I have skied into Spray Park a couple of times in late spring and recall some nice rolling hills and glades, but that was a few years ago and I don't recall how bad the terrain would be for avalanches. Can anyone comment? Would it be a death trap in high avalanche conditions or relatively safe.

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The normal approach over Knapsack pass has a couple of areas of avalanche danger. Looks like an alternate by a summer trail to the south that avoids those. Spray park itself has gentle slopes.

(I went in there once in the spring and I don't recall there is any problem getting in there over Knapsack).

 

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The normal summer trail to Spray Park traverses a section or two of extremely steep timber that could be an issue depending on conditions and abilities. It also crosses a major slide path below Hessong Rock just before entering the meadows.

 

 

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I am thinking about going this winter when weather and avalanche conditions improve.

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Don't most go in thru Ipsut in winter? I'm not sure if mowich is any easier than going up thru ipsut.People must take sleds up towards mowich lake in the winter....just hitchike on a sunday.

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