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Uphill Policy

Uphill Policy


Summer Access Policy 2020

Updated 5/22/20

Public access within the Mission Ridge Special Use Permit area is permitted except where restricted due to maintenance and construction projects.

  • Please avoid the RED Construction Zones
  • Uphill access should follow the GREEN and YELLOW lines
  • To access the summit, please follow the Mimi to Tumwater to Kasuk designated GREEN/YELLOW route

Map with summer access route identifiedTrail Map with access route indicated

Construction will be underway 7 days a week. Access to the Summer Road and the Chair 2 corridor will be restricted throughout the offseason as construction will be underway 7 days a week. Please stay out of the RED zones indicated on the map. Hazards may include but are not limited to blasting, heavy equipment, rockfall. Trenching, overhead work, electrical hazards, crushing injuries, as well as other known and unknown hazards. Failure to avoid these zones may result in injury or even death. Use caution when accessing the mountain in the offseason and stay clear of all work zones, machinery, and personnel. Thank you for your patience while we build this new chairlift.

The mountains are calling and I must go! At Mission Ridge we know the feeling...that is why this is our favorite place to be. And while we really love winter in the mountains and up at The Ridge, we know we are not alone in our love of Spring, Summer, and Fall hikes as well. At Mission Ridge there are no Summer Operations other than maintenance and during this off-season (through October 31) public access within the Mission Ridge Special Use Permit area is permitted except where restricted due to maintenance and construction. While we enjoy seeing the Mission Ridge community in the mountains and on the trails year round we also want to remind everyone of a couple of things (or as a heads up to those just starting to enjoy exploring this area we call home).

  • Public access is limited to non-motorized use. (Snowmobiles, ATV’s, motorcycles, and all other motorized vehicles are not allowed at any time).
  • Maintenance work is ongoing throughout the off-season and maintenance personnel and vehicles may be on the mountain at any time. Avoid areas where work is ongoing and respect all maintenance related area closures.
  • The Mission Ridge parking lot is closed for the entirety of the off-season. Only authorized personnel are allowed to park beyond the entry gate which may close and lock at any time. Please park in the designated area near the Lake Clara Trailhead.
  • No trespassing on Mission Ridge structures and developments. This includes building, equipment, chairlifts, etc.

We hope you all have a wonderful Spring, Summer, and Fall and look forward to seeing you on the hill!

General Information:

Backcountry travelers are encouraged to check in with the Mission Ridge Mountain Patrol when leaving the Ski Area Boundary. Mission Ridge requests that backcountry travelers park outside the Mission Ridge parking lot at all times. Overnight camping is not permitted within the Mission Ridge Permit Area. Overnight RV camping is permitted in designated zones in the base area.

The Mission Ridge Ski Area recognizes the enthusiasm of the public to be outdoors enjoying the mountains while participating in different activities. Since 2004, the ski area has experienced a rapid increase in winter snowshoeing, snowboard hiking and the use of alpine touring equipment as a means of uphill travel to access terrain in and outside the resort's Permit Area. This type of recreational use raises safety concerns during operating hours and during non-operational hours when maintenance operations or avalanche mitigation may be occurring. Maintenance operations routinely occur on the mountain during all non-operating hours. Machinery can be found working anywhere on the mountain at any time. This policy helps mitigate safety concerns of recreational use during maintenance operations, while allowing recreational access to public lands.

Mission Ridge asks uphill skiers to respect the work of our grooming staff by following the designated uphill routes, knowing the policy, and by skiing downhill via the same uphill route or skiing entirely off-piste.  As a courtesy and general practice, please avoid freshly groomed runs -- skiing these runs damages our product and if skied at the wrong time can even create significant safety issues for guests the next day.

If you have questions or comments on the uphill policy, we encourage you to contact us at: anytime and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Mission Ridge accepts no liability or responsibility for accidents that occur as a result of uphill travel. RCW 4.24.210

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March 15th, 2017Trip Advisor

New Mission LLC operates Mission Ridge Ski and Board Resort under special use permits from the U.S. Forest Service and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

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