Wonderful Washington: Strengthen your climbing skills at the Nisqually Glacier

Mar 12 2020, 4:15 pm

Fed by Wilson Glacier from the west, the Nisqually Glacier is the perfect training ground for those wanting to practice or learn crevasse rescue and ice climbing.

Those who aren’t as interested in ice climbing can still catch a glimpse of the glorious glacier at the Nisqually Vista Trail in Paradise.

For your own safety, please make sure you are prepared before heading out on your next adventure. Information on how to prepare for your trip and stay safe while on your hike is available from waparks.org and parks.wa.gov. Always remember to leave no trace, pack out what you pack in, stick to designated trails, and refrain from feeding wildlife — and please note that irresponsibly taken selfies (even if they look great for the ‘gram) can be fatal. 

 

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What is it? 

The Nisqually Glacier is one of the 25 named glaciers of Mount Rainier.

 

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How do you get there? 

Take I-5 S and WA-167 S to WA-7 S/Mountain Hwy E. From SR-7 in Elbe, turn east onto SR-706, both known as the National Park Highway. Continue through the Nisqually Entrance of Mount Rainier National Park. Be prepared to pay the fee just after entering the park. Drive 19 miles to Paradise.

What’s there? 

The Nisqually Glacier is a beautiful sheet of ice, easily accessible to the public. Those wanting to wander can do so without a permit until they reach 10,000 feet or onto the glaciers themselves.

Avid climbers can also opt to take courses and crevasse rescue training through The Mountaineers, a Washington nonprofit organization “helping people explore, conserve, learn about, and enjoy the lands and waters of the Pacific Northwest and beyond.”

Those wanting to skip the climb and embark on a calm hike can do so around the Glacier Point Trail, which leads to a beautiful viewpoint of the glacier.

 

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