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Lets head down to Ashford and snowshoe to High Hut in the Tahoma trail system

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Feb 10 7:00AM - 8:00PM

What we'll do
High Hut is the highlight of the Mount Tahoma Trail System. From the warmth of a cozy alpine hut, enjoy some of the best views in the southern Cascades.

Theres no sugarcoating itthis trail is steep, and it climbs almost the entire way. But dont let this discourage you. The views are well worth it. Make sure to practice good trail manners and stay off the ski tracks.
Distance - 7.8 miles round trip.
Elevation gain - 2400 feet.
High point - 4800 feet.
Pass required - a snow park pass.

Schedule:
7:00 - meet at park and ride.
7:10 am - leave for coffee in Puyallup (3705 S Meridan).
7:50 am - arrive for coffee.
8:15 am - leave for trailhead.
9:30 am - arrive at trailhead.
9:45 am - start snowshoeing.
12:45 pm - snack at high hut.
1:15 pm - return trip.
3:30 pm - arrive at the cars.
5:00 pm - dinner in Puyallup.
6:30 pm - return trip.
7:30pm - arrive at park and ride.

All times are estimates.

Route:

From the lower Sno-Park trailhead, start up the road, continuing straight through the first junction in under 0.5 mile. Pass the middle park at 1.2 miles and the upper park at 1.9 miles. After passing over Catt Creek, youll come to a string of switchbacks. Keep straight at the junction, then reach a low saddle at 2.6 miles, after which you turn right.

Until this point, most views have been blocked by the dense forest. Now, clearings start to reveal peeks of Mounts St. Helens and Adams, which will help keep your mind off the steep climb. At 3.2 miles, turn right and head straight up the ridge. Continue straight through one last junction to reach the hut.

Sitting on a windblown ridge, High Hut offers outstanding views of the area: Mount Rainier, Nisqually Valley, Anderson Lake, Puget Sound and the Olympics. Inside the hut are a wood stove and cooking utensils. Warm up by the fire and make a hot drink, then relax and enjoy the winterscape.

WTA Pro Tip: This route is usually marked with mileage markers, but they can be inaccurate. Be sure to bring a map and compass or, better yet, a GPS to help monitor elevation and navigate the ridge to the hut.

Driving Directions

From Elbe, drive east on SR 706 to just a mile before Ashford (about 8 miles). Look for a Baptist Church on the right side of the road, and turn onto the road just before it. This is DNR Road 1. Road 1 leads straight to the Sno-Parks for the south district of Mount Tahoma Trails Association. Proceed five miles from 706 along this likely snow-covered, but well-signed road to arrive at the lower Sno-Park.

What to bring
Good boots, poles, snowshoes, dress in warm layers, hat, gloves, something to sit on, a warm drink is nice, a snack or lunch for high hut, $20 for gas for the driver and a great attitude.

Important to know
I will check, but I believe we may be able to warm up food or drinks inside of high hut.

How to find us:I drive a silver Chevy Cruise

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