Cross-country Ski - Lost Lake

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Cross-country Ski - Lost Lake

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

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  • Easy+
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 10.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 700 ft

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

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

PLEASE DON'T REGISTER UNTIL YOU HAVE REVIEWED THE NOTES BELOW, YOU ARE SURE YOU ARE AVAILABLE AND THE MEETING TIME AND LOCATION WORK FOR YOU.

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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 leave the Iron Horse/John Wayne trail. 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 hidden 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.

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 conditions volunteering. Full directions to both locations and other trip information will be provided several days prior to our trip. 

Contact the Trip Leader with questions or for more information: Chris Ensor, ctrails@comcast.net 206-794-5198

Route/Place

Lost Lake


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