Cross-country Ski - Amabilis Mountain


Cross-country Ski - Amabilis Mountain

A demanding 8 mile round trip, 2,300 ft. climb ski up Amabilis Mountain that's rewarded by great views on a fine day. Only the first half of the route may be groomed, so we highly recommend full metal edged cross country skis.

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  • N4 Nordic Advanced Ski, M1 Intremediate Ski, Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 11.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,100 ft
  • Pace: Moderate av moving pace of 2.5 mph

Meeting place and time

 8:45 AM at North Bend Safeway Parking Lot, I-90, exit 31.

Meet-up directions and other trip details will be emailed to those who sign up shortly after registration closes.


 Please register after you have read all of the notes below and understand the requirements for this trip.  

  1. You are an intermediate to advanced cross country skier who has the ski skill set and stamina to ski uphill for 4 miles, and then ski a steep 4 mile challenging descent on the return. Nordic downhill ski skills to include but not limited too: strong sustained snowplow/wedge, snowplow or step turns, and solid braking. Strong turning and braking skills a must!
  2. You will ski on steel-edged touring or back country skis.
  3. You understand that the trail conditions are difficult to predict in advance. The first half of the trail to the Y may or may not be groomed, and the second half of the trail to the summit is almost never groomed. We will descend on the north section, and it may or may not have been recently groomed. The whole route can be icy,  rutted, and/or ungroomed making it a challenge to ski.  Trail conditions can be impacted by changes in temperature, old or new snow, and ski and snowshoe activity. The most difficult and fun part of the trip can be on the return–descending the fairly steep and often ungroomed north fork trail above and below the Y.
  4.  You can check the recent Cabin Creek grooming schedule at:
  1. Logistics: If you are sure you are available on this date, and the meeting time and location work for you.
  2. If you are hoping to carpool you will have a better chance if you set your profile to "Open" and provide carpool information such as the area you live in and locations you can easily reach by transit to meet a driver.
  3. By registering for this trip, we consider that you have made a commitment. It's only good form to cancel in the event of an injury, illness or an emergency. Even if there are people on the wait list, it's often difficult to move them up close to the trip date. Thank you.
  4. Route: Leaving from Cabin Creek SnoPark we will ski to Forest Road 4822  to start our ascent up Amabilis. The first section of the trail to the fork is flat and may have been groomed within the last few days. On the second half of our route there is a gradual ascent (and on the return this portion of the trail is quite steep and twisty in several places). From the the Y we plan to take the south trail up to the summit. This is almost never groomed. The north trail we will take down from the summit makes a loop back to the Y, and it may or may not be groomed. There are several potential slide areas on both routes above the Y. We will check the NW Avalanche Center forecast the night before and make observations on the trail. If there is a "High" or "Extreme" avalanche danger on our day of travel, we can turn back at the Y and if time allows, perhaps ski the Viking or Berg trails on our return.
  5. All vehicles taken to the trailhead will require a WA Snopark Pass, purchased in advance of arrival to the trail head. If you are hoping to car pool, search the Mountaineers’ roster for this ski trip to see who lives near you and wants to share a ride.
  6. If you are uncertain of your ability or stamina or have questions about your ski   gear to manage this type of ski trip please contact the leader.

In the interim, if you have any question please contact Trip Leader Cheri Solien,, 520-907-5819


Amabilis Mountain

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Back-Country or metal edged touring skis
  • Matching Poles
  • Matching Boots
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