Backcountry Ski/Snowboard - Rampart Ridge


Backcountry Ski/Snowboard - Rampart Ridge

Brush trimming hike to improve winter ski route. Folks that help out get a reserved spot in one of my ski trips without having to participate in the lottery.

  • *Varies*
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 4.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,200 ft

Gold Creek Sno-Park turn-around

I'm fully vaccinated and am available to carpool from Bellevue/Redmond/Issaquah with other fully vaccinated people. 

This will be a hike (likely in crummy weather) with pruning tools to improve the lower access ski trail to Mt Margaret and Rampart Ridge by trimming branches that are growing into the route.

I cleared this trail about a decade ago and recently inspected the lowest portion and the route will benefit from some additional trimming.  

Last weekend we cleared the first mile of the route that follows logging roads to the end of the logging road.   This follow up trip will clear the section through the clear cut regrowth area  to the intersection with the upper logging road near where is crosses  the Rocky Run creek -- this section is 3/4 of a mile long. 

You'll need sturdy boots, tough rain gear that can tolerate contact with brush, work gloves to protect hands and a helmet to protect from falling branches. 

I have a supply of  four pruning tools -- but if you have loppers  that you can bring those are useful for dealing with sections of slide alder.

Sketch map of the route to be trimmed.

People that participate in this trip  will recieve 3 additional "points"  in the roster lotteries for other ski trips I'm leading. 

Post trail work a visit to the Commonweath can be made if there is interest.


Rampart Ridge (Snoqualmie)

  • Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass Gateway No. 207S

    Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass No. 207

    USGS Chikamin Peak
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Heavy duty rain gear -- suitable for brushwhacking. 
  • Sturdy boots for support for hiking off trail in steep, slippery terrain.
  • Work gloves
  • Hard hat
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