Little Tahoma is a jagged striking remnant of a once much larger Mount Rainier. It is composed of andesite lava flows which the layers are readily seen on the south exposure. The are three glaciers on its relatively gentle east side: the Fryingpan, Whitman, and the Ohanapecosh, with the larger Emmons and Ingraham Glaciers flowing down from Mount Rainier cutting away at the flanks of Little Tahoma on its north and south footings. While Little Tahoma is a satellite feature of Mount Rainier, its size and height give it sufficient prominence to be considered as a peak in its own right. As such, only Rainier, Shasta, Adams, and Hood are higher than Little Tahoma in the Cascade Range. The name Little Tahoma Peak was officially designated in 1913. Tahoma was the native American term used before the mountain was called Mount Rainier. The standard route via the Wonderland Trail near Summerland; and then ascend the Fryingpan and Whitman Glaciers, expect some exposed scrambling on rock near the summit. The first ascent was by J.B. Flett and Henry Garrison on 8/29/1894.
Fryingpan Glacier is on the east slope of Little Tahoma. There are two stories for the origin of the name; one that some campers lost a frying pan in the creek (Fryingpan Creek), or two, that the glacier itself is shaped like a frying pan. (Meany, Mount Rainier, p. 309).
|Difficulty:||Basic Snow/Ice Climb|
|Best months for climbing:||Jun, Jul, Aug|
|Year first climbed:||1894|
|First successful climber(s):||J.B. Flett and Henry Garrison|
|Nearest major airport:||Seattle-Tacoma|
Thanks to theyogiclimber for adding this peak.
NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name
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