Puyallup Cleaver

Longmire, Washington

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The Puyallup Cleaver divides the Puyallup Glacier from the Tahoma Glacier. This route brings the skier high on the mountain with minimal glacier travel. Since NPS closed West Side Road, this area has become even more remote. Mountain goats frequent the area. This is the classic high camp for summit attempts over the Tahoma Glacier. North of camp, there are unbroken portions of the Puyallup Glacier, which look appealing. Be advised that this ice body conceals huge crevasses. Much safer skiing is possible below 8,000 feet on both flanks of the Cleaver. Difficulties: Moderate avalanche potential; glacier travel; routefinding required; bike ride; permit / fee area.
100 Classic Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Routes in Washington

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100 Classic Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Routes in Washington

by Rainer Burgdorfer (The Mountaineers Books)

The Puyallup Cleaver divides the Puyallup Glacier from the Tahoma Glacier. This route brings the skier high on the mountain with minimal glacier travel. Since NPS closed West Side Road, this area has become even more remote. Mountain goats frequent the area.

This is the classic high camp for summit attempts over the Tahoma Glacier. North of camp, there are unbroken portions of the Puyallup Glacier, which look appealing. Be advised that this ice body conceals huge crevasses. Much safer skiing is possible below 8,000 feet on both flanks of the Cleaver.

Difficulties: Moderate avalanche potential; glacier travel; routefinding required; bike ride; permit / fee area.

©  Rainer Burgdorfer/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding
Nearby City: Longmire
Distance: 11
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 16 hours
Season: Best April to July, earlier if you can get up the road
Trailhead Elevation: 2,200 feet
Top Elevation: 9,200 feet
Local Maps: USGS Mount Rainier West, Mount Wow
Driving Directions: Directions to Puyallup Cleaver

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