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Winter Retreat at Snoqualmie Pass

02.05.18

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  • Subalpine fir (Abies lasiocarpa) at Roaring Ridge.- Winter Retreat at Snoqualmie Pass
  • Going down the Snoqualmie Pass sledding hill at Summit West.- Winter Retreat at Snoqualmie Pass
  • Going down the Snoqualmie Pass sledding hill at Summit West.- Winter Retreat at Snoqualmie Pass
  • Franklin Falls and its 70-foot cascade promise winter beauty for snowshoers.- Winter Retreat at Snoqualmie Pass
  • Looking east from Mount Catherine.- Winter Retreat at Snoqualmie Pass
  • The view west from Windy Pass on Mount Catherine, with Granite Mountain in the distance (5,629 ft).- Winter Retreat at Snoqualmie Pass
  • Open views of Hemlock (5,604 ft), Bryant (5,801 ft), and Chair (6,238 ft) peaks along the Source Lake snowshoe.- Winter Retreat at Snoqualmie Pass
  • Nearing the Source Lake basin with views of The Tooth (5,519 ft) and Bryant Peak (5,801 ft).- Winter Retreat at Snoqualmie Pass
  • Looking down the valley to Alpental from Source Lake.- Winter Retreat at Snoqualmie Pass
  • Looking South to Bryant Peak from Source Lake.- Winter Retreat at Snoqualmie Pass
  • Dramatic views of Chair Peak near Snow Lake.- Winter Retreat at Snoqualmie Pass
  • Talapus Lake from the southwest shore.- Winter Retreat at Snoqualmie Pass
  • First views of Talapus Lake.- Winter Retreat at Snoqualmie Pass
  • Young and old firs getting some sun on Mount Margaret.- Winter Retreat at Snoqualmie Pass
  • Summit view from Mount Margaret toward Mount Rainier (14,411 ft) and Mountain Adams (12,280 ft) to the south.- Winter Retreat at Snoqualmie Pass
  • Summit view from Mount Margaret of the Stuart Range to the northeast.- Winter Retreat at Snoqualmie Pass
  • Looking up the radio tower at Keechelus Ridge.- Winter Retreat at Snoqualmie Pass
  • Tracing the route back down from Kacheelus Ridge.- Winter Retreat at Snoqualmie Pass
  • Views north from Keechelus Ridge.- Winter Retreat at Snoqualmie Pass
  • The terrain of Crystal Springs Sno-Park includes some downhill sections.- Winter Retreat at Snoqualmie Pass
  • Troll Bridge crossing Mosquito Creek at Erling Stordahl.- Winter Retreat at Snoqualmie Pass
  • Cabin Creek Nordic Ski Area.- Winter Retreat at Snoqualmie Pass
  • Gigantic trees frame a skater's progress through the Cabin Creek Nordic Ski Area.- Winter Retreat at Snoqualmie Pass
  • Views from Amabilis Mountain up the Yakima River valley and I-90 corridor to Keechelus Lake.- Winter Retreat at Snoqualmie Pass
  • Views from Amabilis Mountain to the north of Hibox Mountain (6,547 ft), Chikamin Ridge, and Three Queens (6,687 ft).- Winter Retreat at Snoqualmie Pass
  • Old-growth cross-country skiing in Lake Easton State Park.- Winter Retreat at Snoqualmie Pass
  • A picnic area on the lakeshore in Lake Easton State Park.- Winter Retreat at Snoqualmie Pass
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Less than 60 miles from the Space Needle, Snoqualmie Pass is a winter paradise for snow-loving Seattleites. At 3,015 feet in elevation, the pass gets more than 400 inches of snowfall annually. It boasts four ski areas with 600 acres of night skiing. Trails for snowshoeing, cross-country, and backcountry ski adventures crisscross the slopes of Kaleetan Peak and Summit Chief Mountain and along the banks of Kacheelus Lake. This stretch of the I-90 from Bandera to Cle Elum is chockablock with winter adventures for any skill and speed. The only question is how quickly you can collect your gear and get into the mountains?

Backcountry Skiing

  • Roaring Ridge: North-facing slopes that offer terrain mellow enough for backcountry beginners.
  • Mount Catherine: Dense forests and varied terrain to challenge advanced skiers.
  • Source Lake: Oft snowshoed, the peaks above Source Lake are also ideal for backcountry skiing.
  • Snow Lake: Past Source Lake, Snow Lake offers freer terrain on busy weekends, easy route finding, and groomed skin tracks.

Sledding

The hills near the parking lots of the Summit at Snoqualmie are perfect for end-of-day sledding adventures.

Cross-country Skiing

Snowshoeing

  • Keechelus Ridge: Big mountain vistas and a safe environment for novice orienteers on a challenging 2,500-foot ascent.
  • Franklin Falls: Technically a hiking trail, the trail is a possible target for snowshoers as it parallels the South Fork Snoqualmie and gains minimal elevation over its course to the 70-foot cascade.
  • Source Lake: Old-growth forest and spectacular views of the Snoqualmie River Valley.
  • Talapus Lake Snowshoe: Hiking trail by summer, snowshoe by winter, its nine miles gain 1,600 feet in elevation for a challenging snowshoe.
  • Mount Margaret: Summer crowds vanish on this very challenging snowshoe with 3,000 feet of elevation gain and big mountain vistas.

Winter camping is available at the day use area in Lake Easton State Park.

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