Sept. 20-22, 2019: Mt. Rainier Field Trip (full)
Professor Emeritus Pat Pringle of Centralia College and colleagues will lead a 3-day trip to the Mount Rainer area to see the geology of this fantastic mountain and its geologic and environmental effects on the surrounding region. Participants will provide their own transportation and lodging (in Ashford and Packwood); we’ll provide field trips guidebooks, experts on specific aspects of the geology and geomorphology, and a chance to see one of Washington’s three active volcanoes.
The trip will start on Friday (ca. 11 am) at Mud Mountain Dam south of Enumclaw. We’ll make a CCW circumnavigation of Mt. Rainer and end up on the north side on Sunday afternoon, east of Enumclaw. Many of the stops will be road side, but several (optional to you) will involve mile-long hikes and several hundred feet of elevation change. You should book overnight lodging in Ashford on Friday and Packwood on Saturday. Last year we did a similar 3-day trip to Mt. Saint Helens that was much appreciated. We guarantee that this will be an in depth look at Mt. Rainer and environs with one of the foremost experts at the helm.
Cost is $50 per person: Registration has closed. This trip was limited to 24 participants and has filled. For more info, you can download the preliminary field trip route and schedule in late August (when Pat Pringle finishes checking it out). In addition, Pat published a guide to this area that will serve as a more comprehensive resource. Pdfs of the various chapters of the Roadside Geology of Mount Rainier National Park and vicinity, Information Circular 107 (IC-107) as well as pdfs of other publications can be downloaded via links in the Washington Geological Survey’s online catalog.