Little Tahoma 2010

Little Tahoma ~ 7/9/2010
If you're looking for some solitude and unparalleled views of Rainier, look no further than Little T!
Starting from the Summerland Trailhead near the White River Entrance, hike 3+ miles before switching to skis and then proceed either to camp at Summerland (6000ft.), or Meany Crest
(7600ft.). There are ample dry bivy/tent sites at Meany Crest while Summerland remains under several feet of snow. From Meany Crest, continue to ski or boot to the notch between the Fryingpan Glacier and the Whitman Glacier at 9000 ft. Just after the notch there is some running water where you can fill water bottles for either the rest of the trip up or back down. Continue traversing past the notch until the snow slope steepens and turns upward toward the summit. This portion can be either booted or skinned quite managably. Once at the first rock step at about 10500 ft., continue up on more snow until reaching 3rd class rock to the summit. With the current temperatures and low snow line (5000ft.) skis are still highly recommended for this route. Camping at Meany Crest is highly recommended over Summerland but be sure to check in at the White River Ranger Stations for the most recent conditions.