Mount Rainier: Kautz Glacier & Tahoma Glacier Routes is an out and back trail located near Paradise Inn, WA that offers scenic views. The trail is only recommended for very experienced adventurers and primarily used for hiking, rock climbing, and backpacking.
Had a blast on this climb. The climb was challenging and breathtaking. Seeing the light come after 6 hours in complete darkness was a welcome sight of beauty. Looking down on the clouds was the most memorable part of this climb.
Awesome, beautiful and challenging!
Absolutely loved this climb! It is very challenging. Novice climbers may want to stick with the Muir route. Very technical in areas. Prepare for ice climbing, glacier travel, snow travel, and multi-day ascents. Very experienced climbers can certainly do this in one day... I chose a more reasonable multi-day climb. This was my favorite climb in Washington. The summit is very rewarding and your body tells you that you accomplished something quite challenging. Then you have to descend.
Traversing the glaciers can be tricky. They were dry glaciers when we crossed last July and route finding, along the Nisqually in particular, was tricky. We had to back track several times as our routes suddenly ended. Crampons are required of course, but mud-covered ice is still very slippery... even with crampons.
This is a great challenge for experienced climbers looking to tackle a more classic climb. Many climbers use this (and more difficult routes) to train for much larger mountains. That should tell you enough about the environment on Kautz/Rainier. I suggest going with a local guide service.
spectacular, but very difficult.