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Nisqually Bridge Run

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2.7 mile 4.3 kilometer point to point
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Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 0' 0 m
Descent: -2,673' -815 m
High: 6,586' 2,007 m
Low: 3,913' 1,193 m

Grade

Avg Slope: 19% (11°)
Max Slope: 37% (21°)
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Trail shared by Ben Stone

Avalanche risk for Apr 17, 2019: Unknown

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Bonus vertical to add onto any ski descent on Rainier.

Ben Stone
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry
In bad snow years (2014/2015) there may not be enough coverage to reach the bridge.

If it's not a busy day, it may take a while to get a ride back up to Paradise, and the Rangers will not be super stoked.

Need to Know

This route requires some hitchhiking. Not everyone needs to go, nor does all your gear. You can leave all your stuff at the bridge and drive your car down.

Description

This is a bonus for anyone wanting to get the most vertical out of their descents. The glacier terminus, while retreating, is now approximately at ~5,000 ft. so be weary of crevasses above this point. This is a pretty straightforward run - just follow the Nisqually River down to the bridge. Both sides of the bridge are sendable, but the right (skiers) side is slightly lower elevation and mellower slope.

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Skiing down the Nisqually Glacier to the bridge.
Mar 24, 2015 near Eatonville, WA

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