Cross-country Ski - Lost Lake


Cross-country Ski - Lost Lake

A ski trip in which we will explore the trail to Hidden Lake from the Crystal Springs Snopark, exit 62 off I-90.

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  • Tue, Jan 24, 2017
  • Seattle Skiing Committee
  • Cross-country Skiing
  • Singles, 20-30 Somethings, Retired Rovers, Adults
  • Easy+
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 9.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 800 ft

8:45 AM at Preston P&R, I-90, exit 22. Directions and other trip details will be emailed to everyone who signs up soon after registration closes.

We will explore the trail to Hidden Lake from the Crystal Springs Snopark, exit 62 off I-90. The route is mainly uphill after we cross the Iron Horse/John Wayne trail and we will descend by the same route. The elevation gain is approximately  800ft.

Very little of our trail will be groomed for Nordic skiing. If present at all tracks will only be cut on the first part of our route. The trail is normally groomed for snowmobiles but may not have been done so since the weekend before. The number of snowmobiles we encounter is likely to be small as this is a midweek trip. We will probably have lunch  close to the lake that as its name suggests is not easy to see below the trail. We will return by the same route. 

Please note: This is a fairly demanding, 9-10 mile N2 level round trip, so you will need to have good herringbone climbing skills and wedge including wedge turns for the way down. Also, the descent can be quite tricky if the trial is icy and rutty, especially for those using classic track skis without metal edges and normal Nordic track ski boots. The conditions we will find on the day are often difficult to predict in advance. Nordic backcountry skis recommended. But an experienced skier could also manage on classic no-wax track skis. Please consult the leader if you wish to use other types of ski.

If you  are uncertain of your ability and stamina or the equipment you have to manage this type of trip please consult the leader.

The trip is not suitable for first-time Nordic skiers even with Alpine experience.


You may carpool from our meeting place at Preston P&R, meeting at 8:45 am or meet us at the Crystal Springs Snopark an hour later.

All vehicles taken to the trailhead will require WA Snopark Passes. Passes need to be purchased in advance: contact the leader for more information. Taking everyone who signs up will be dependent on enough drivers with suitable vehicles for winter snow


Lost Lake

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