Copper Creek Hut


Cross-country Ski - Copper Creek Hut

Cross country trip with great views and nice hut for warming up or lunch. Preference is given to Olympia cross country skiing graduates until 2/29. Moderate pace with stops for views, pictures and munchies.

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  • Easy+
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 8.8 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,000 ft
  • Pace: moderate

Martin Way Park & Ride 6:45 and leave promptly at 7 am. Stop in Eatonville for coffee and pastry snacks (if the bakery is open). 

For those who do not live in Olympia, we will arrange a time to meet in Eatonville. 

A Snow Park permit, purchased in advance of the trip is required to park. See the Washington State Snow Park website for information. I purchase mine at Cabellas in Lacey if you do not have a season pass. 

For those willing to drive who purchased a Snow Park permit, passengers should add a little extra to mileage and gas reimbursement. 

Must be a graduate of Mountaineers cross country skiing course  (or have the Cross Country Ski Badge) and able to ski the mileage together with the party. Bring lunch, plenty of water and MaxiGlide or similar liquid wax in case your skiis clump up. No steep hills to ski down. May or may not be freshly groomed. Our goals are visiting the hut and having a fun day. 

Requires leader permission, the party needs to know everyone can ski the mileage. It's not that much fun skiing in the dark. 


Copper Creek Hut

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Cross-country skis
  • Poles
  • Boots
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun block protection
  • Plenty of water
  • Maxi Glide or similar liquid ski wax
  • Lunch and snacks
  • Typical winter clothing: hats, gloves, gaiters, warm layers
  • Extra ski basket (if you have one)
  • Ski repair kit (or at least a fair amount of duct tape). I have ripped binding from skiis on three different trips and skied out with duct tape. Technology has improved since then but stuff still breaks. 
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