Alpine Scramble - Snoqualmie Summit Ski Areas


Alpine Scramble - Snoqualmie Summit Ski Areas

A rambling one-way backcountry snow trip, along the Cascade Crest above the Summit West & Summit Central ski areas, mainly for naturalists (will have focus of identifying animal tracks & sign). Will involve scrambling skills, but no major summit. Will involve a 2-mile car shuttle.

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  • Strenuous 2, Technical 2
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 4.8 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,480 ft

Summit West ski area, 8 AM

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This will be a one-way trip, from Summit West to Summit Central, going along the Cascade Crest above the two ski areas.

Trip will have a focus of identifying animal tracks & sign. Leader is certified in track & sign identification.

Trip is in partnership with Conservation NW for searching for signs of endangered species.

Trip will involve snow scrambling and significant navigation skills, but no major summit.

Scrambling students are welcome to join, but this trip is not expected to “count” for graduation purposes.

The route will start from Summit West, and will connect Beaver Lake, Lodge Lake, Divide Lake, Ski Acres Hill, Surveyors Lake & Hyak Lake, before finishing at the Summit West Silver Fir parking area.

Attendees of the January “PNW Wildlife Tracking” presentation may email me for permission to join before the registration opening date of May 10. Upon the registration opening date, all members are welcome to join.

To facilitate this one-way trip, we will need to do a 2-mile car shuttle / carpool (masks ON; windows DOWN). Participants need to be comfortable with doing this very limited carpool.

Equipment: Snowshoes / Ice Axe / Microspikes / Sandals (or water shoes, or trash sneakers, for creek crossings)


Snoqualmie Summit Ski Areas

  • Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass No. 207

    Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass Gateway No. 207S

    USGS Snoqualmie Pass
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Helmet
  • Mountaineering Boots
  • Ice Axe
  • Microspikes
  • Sandals, water shoes, or trash sneakers (for creek crossings)
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