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Cross-country Ski - Keechelus Lake & Iron Horse Trail

  • N1 Nordic Basic Ski
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 5.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 75 ft
  • Pace: 2mph average moving speed

9:30am at the Hyak, Iron Horse Snopark

Directions to the meeting place will be emailed to all participants as soon as registration closes.

Snow permitting, we will ski from the Hyak Snopark along the Iron Horse Trail beside Lake Keechelus. This flat linear out-and-back route is the former John Wayne Trail now known as Palouse to Cascades. Maximum of 10 miles round trip. Nordic Classic or Skate skis required.

Being all flat, this trip is suitable for near beginners and others who want to get their ski season started on an easy trail. The leader will be available for advice and skiing tips.

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

A WA State Snopark Pass non-motorized day or season pass with special groomed sticker is required:

Day passes can normally also be purchased at this snopark

SKIING DURING COVID: This ski trip will follow the WA State Phased Approach to Reopening Business and Modifying Physical Distancing and the Mountaineers hiking guidelines for COVID-19 that apply on the date of this trip.

All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before attending an in-person Mountaineers activity during our COVID-19 response. By proceeding with any of the upcoming activities you are already registered to attend, you affirm that you have reviewed The Mountaineers COVID-19 Code of Conduct and the guidance for participants and leaders available on the COVID-19 Response page, and you agree to follow this guidance during each activity. Please remove yourself from any upcoming activity if you are unable or unwilling to follow The Mountaineers guidance at the time of the program.

 CARPOOLING: Also, to help ensure your safety and the safety of our fellow skiers, the leader asks that you only carpool to the trailhead with other members of your household registered for the same trip.  

PROTOCOL: All participants will need to have a face covering (mask, bandanna or muff), hand sanitizer and a backpack containing the 10 essentials. Wherever possible all group member will maintain the 6ft minimum social distancing protocol and be ready to pull up face covering over mouth and nose when this is not possible passing others on the trail and at the trailhead.

MORE INFORMATION: Full trip information will be emailed out to those who sign up as soon as registration closes on Dec. 21.  In the interim. any questions can be emailed to the trip leader Chris Ensor


Keechelus Lake & John Wayne Trail

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