Cross-country Ski - Keechelus Lake & Iron Horse Trail


Cross-country Ski - Keechelus Lake & Iron Horse Trail

Intermediate skate ski on the trails out of Crystal Springs SnoPark. We will warm up and work on our skate ski skills on the flat Iron Horse/John Wayne Trail, and then backtrack, and skate ski either the Dog Sled and/or Erling Stordahl Trails. We will choose the day's best snow and groomed trails to complete our ski.

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  • N2 Nordic Advanced Basic Ski, N3 Nordic Intermediate Ski
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 9.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 500 ft

Meet at 8:00 am North Bend Safeway.  The Safeway store is  less than a mile from the  I-90 Exit 31.

We will carpool from the North Bend Safeway. All vehicles taken to the trailhead will require a PRE-purchased WA Snopark Pass  ($80). SNO-Passes w/required "grooming sticker" can also be purchased at other vendors, including REI, which includes a $4 extra fee. You will need to have your car license number with you when you  purchase the SnoPark Pass with Grooming Sticker.

We will leave the Safeway parking lot at 8:15.

Detailed directions will be mailed out to participants at the close of registration.

Practice your skate ski skills on both easy and intermediate trails. We will ski out of the Crystal Springs SnoPark and head for the Palouse to Cascade Trail, P2C (a.k.a. old John Wayne Trail). After a warm-up, we will return on the same trail to ski either the Dog Sled  or Erling Stordahl Trails, snow and grooming dependent.

Skate Ski Ability Level: N2/N3 Intermediate

We will skate ski approximately 4 hours, and cover approximately 9+ miles at a moderate pace.  This is not a beginner ski trip due to our  moderate and continuous pace.

If you are uncertain of your ability and stamina to manage this type of trip in the expected conditions I have described, above please contact me to discuss further.

If it has been a while since you’ve used your skate skis or you have a new set of equipment, please take a few moments at home  before the trip to make sure that all of your gear is  in working order.

Full trip information will be emailed out to those who sign up by Dec. 20.  Feel free to email me with any questions at:


Keechelus Lake & John Wayne Trail

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