Roaring Ridge (Snoqualmie)


Backcountry Ski/Snowboard - Roaring Ridge (Snoqualmie)

Explore newly thinned northeast aspect forested slopes.

  • M1 Intremediate Ski
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 8.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,500 ft

Green Lake Park-and-Ride, NE corner of lot south of 65th ST -- 6:30AM
Issaquah Transit Center -- Garage -- 1st floor NE corner:  7:15 AM
Summit Pancake House -- Exit 52 of I-90   8:00AM -- Trip leader will be here.

We will meet at the Summit Pancake House to discuss the route, snow and weather conditions, group interest and finalize the plan for the day.

I plan on parking the lower Summit East parking lot (free) and walking  1/4 to reach the Iron Horse Trail -- rather than using a Sno-Park Permit with Groomed area sticker  required for using the Hyak Sno-Park.  But if you already have one of those an prefer the convenience of the heated restrooms...

The route involves 1 1/2 miles along the FLAT Iron Horse Cross Country ski trail at the start and end of the trip.   A little XC ski "grip" wax  may useful for this section in lieu of skins or skating / double poling.  You'll still need skins once we leave the Iron Horse Trail.   Also note that this 1.5 mile section of the groomed Iron Horse XC Ski trail makes this tour unsuitable for snowboarders using snowshoes and carrying their snowboard on their pack.   Splitboarders and those with heavy duty "side country" touring ski setups may also find the approach/exit tedious.

Map of approximate route:

Additional Note:  A Winter Storm Warning, Extreme Avalanche Forecast from NWAC, Freezing Rain or "Chains Required" on the highway will cancel the trip.    If NWAC forecast is for a High avalanche hazard -- inbounds lift skiing will be a fallback option considered.


Roaring Ridge (Snoqualmie)

  • Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass Gateway No. 207S

    Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass No. 207

    USGS Snoqualmie Pass
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Boots, skis/snowboard, poles
  • Climbing skins 
  • Avalanche shovel (metal blade)
  • Avalanche beacon
  • Avalanche probe
  • In the "Extra Clothes" category -- Please bring a warm enough jacket (puffy) so that you can take a 45 minute "lunch break" without discomfort from cold. 
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