Beginner Snowshoe - John Wayne Pioneer Trail (winter)

Explore from the Annette Lake trailhead up to the west portal of the Snoqualmie Tunnel!

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  • Easy
  • For Beginners (Getting Started Series)
  • Mileage: 5.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 600 ft

Issaquah Transit Center 7:30 am

On this trip we will travel the upper portion of the John Wayne Trail (on the west side of the pass).  We will start from the Annette Lake trailhead of Exit 47, travel through the woods up to the railroad grade, and follow the grade eastbound until we reach the west portal of the Snoqualmie Tunnel.  (Note that the tunnel itself is closed during the winter.)  This trail affords a great view of Granite Mountain.

This will be a trip of about 600 feet gain, and up to 5 miles round trip.  Most of the gain is in the first mile as we work our way up from the trailhead to the grade.  We may choose to shorten our return trip with a shortcut through the trees.

This is a relatively low-elevation trip, topping out at about 2500 feet above sea level.  Fingers crossed that the snow level stays low.


John Wayne Pioneer Trail (winter)

  • Green Trails Rattlesnake Mtn No. 205S

    Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass Gateway No. 207S

    Green Trails Mount Si NRCA No. 206S
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