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Living deep and out of bounds on Washington's Blewett Pass

03.13.14

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  • Blewett Pass Sno-Park.- Living deep and out of bounds on Washington's Blewett Pass
  • Starting the trek up Table Mountain and Diamond Head.- Living deep and out of bounds on Washington's Blewett Pass
  • A 2012 burn opened some great skiing through the trees in the Blewett Pass area.- Living deep and out of bounds on Washington's Blewett Pass
  • Looking northwest above Blewett Pass.- Living deep and out of bounds on Washington's Blewett Pass
  • Remains of the 2012 wildfire.- Living deep and out of bounds on Washington's Blewett Pass
  • Glade skiing on Tronsen Ridge.- Living deep and out of bounds on Washington's Blewett Pass
  • Winter camping in Tronsen Meadow.- Living deep and out of bounds on Washington's Blewett Pass
  • Winter camping in Tronsen Meadow.- Living deep and out of bounds on Washington's Blewett Pass
  • Winter camping in Tronsen Meadow.- Living deep and out of bounds on Washington's Blewett Pass
  • Skinning up Table Mountain.- Living deep and out of bounds on Washington's Blewett Pass
  • Beginning of the Tronsen Meadow Loop.- Living deep and out of bounds on Washington's Blewett Pass
  • Large ponderosa pines of Tronsen Meadow.- Living deep and out of bounds on Washington's Blewett Pass
  • The cross-country skiing trail along Wenatchee Ridge.- Living deep and out of bounds on Washington's Blewett Pass
  • Panorama of the Stuart Range. Individual peaks are obscured by intervening Three Brothers (7,303'). McClellan Peak (8,364') is visible as a long comb right of center, with Little Annapurna (8,440') directly to its left.- Living deep and out of bounds on Washington's Blewett Pass
  • View of the Scotty Creek Valley from Wenatchee Ridge.- Living deep and out of bounds on Washington's Blewett Pass
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A snow lover's paradise awaits on the east side of the Cascades in Central Washington. Crisp open air, dry powder, and golden ponderosa pines are the hallmarks of Blewett Pass. Outdoor Project Contributors Max McClure and Benjamin Krause have been cross-country and backcountry skiing across this winter wonderland for the past few months, and below you'll find a few results that are sure to satisfy your snowy cravings.

Washington's Highway 97 cuts over Blewett Pass roughly halfway in between Ellensburg and Leavenworth. Historically a mecca for motorized recreation, the addition of numerous sno-parks and miles of cross-country trails has made this area more attractive for those who seek the solitude of wilderness. Skinning up Table Mountain + Diamond Head and then Tronsen Ridge not only provides you with impressive views of the entire Stuart Range, you'll also gain access to one of the best playgrounds for accessible and beginner friendly backcountry downhill skiing.

So, pack your skis and boots and head for the dry snow of Blewett Pass before winter's end!

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