Cross-country skiing up to a cabin by Mt. Rainier
Cross-country ski up to Copper Creek Hut, part of the Mt. Tahoma Trails Association. Make sure to reserve bunks in advance online to ensure you and your friends will all have space. Bunks do fill up throughout the season so check early or nab a cancellation day-of. Park at the Snow Park and begin the gradual ascent up the wide trail to the hut. You may need to strap your skis to your pack and hike the first mile or two, so bring a good pair of walking shoes.
Pack a can of soup to heat up in the amply-stocked kitchen and Starbucks Via for the next morning. Snacks are essential as the 4-mile ski uphill with a pack definitely takes it out of you – but you won’t go hungry either, as past visitors of the cabin leave beans, pancake mix, and stale coffee for those who come less prepared. Don’t forget headlamps, even though the cabin is supplied with battery-powered lanterns and solar-powered electricity (when a few rays have a chance to peep through the Pacific Northwest grey.) A change of clothes for when you get to the cabin is a must – we brought Jungmaven hemp sweatshirts.
Play in the snow and relish the solitude – build a snowman if you can. The cabin is beautifully silent in the snow. Enjoy galloping the 20ft across the snow to the outhouse – you’ll be just as impressed as we were with how well supplied the cabin is. There’s even snow-shoes for if it really dumps down and you need a way to get back to the car. Pull the couches in close to the gas-powered hearth and thaw your wet hands and feet.
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