Snoqualmie Pass Nordic Center


Cross-country Ski - Snoqualmie Pass Nordic Center

Please note this change of plan. We will not now explore some of the upper trails of the Summit Nordic Trail System including the Mount Catherine Loop as Friday use ended on March 8. Instead from the Iron Horse Snopark we will ski south on the John Wayne Trail alongside Lake Keechelus, then take the short narrow trail up to the common corridor shared with the Summit Nordic Center to ski the Cold Creek Trail up to Windy Pass, have lunch and then head back down to the snopark.

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  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 10.0
  • Elevation Gain: 1,250 ft

Meet at 8:45 am, North Bend Safeway Parking Lot, I-90 exit 31. We will carpool from there. Or you may meet us at the Iron Horse Snopark at 9:30 am.

Directions to both locations and other trip details will be emailed as soon after registration closes


If you are hoping for a ride you will have a better chance if you set your profile to "Open" and provide carpool information such as the area you live in and locations you can easily reach by transit to meet a driver.

 BY REGISTERING THIS LEADER CONSIDERS YOU MADE A COMMITMENT TO THE TRIP. It's only good form to cancel in the event of an injury, illness or an emergency. Even if there are people on the wait list it's often difficult to move them up close to the trip date. THANK YOU!

PLEASE NOTE NEW ROUTE: Due to the ending of Friday opening of the Summit Nordic Center Trails on March 8 this is a new route from the Iron Horse Snopark to Windy Pass and back.

This trip will be co-led by Cheri Solien. It is classified as N3 with upto 10 miles of trail to ski (little or none of which will be recently groomed) and 1,200 ft elevation gain. It is restricted to more experienced Nordic skiers who are able to manage steeper and longer climbs and descents. No chair lift is now involved. The individual trail pass requirement is replaced by the need for each vehicle to have the WA State Snopark Pass with groomed sticker.

Our new route will start from the Iron Horse Snopark. We will ski south on the John Wayne Trail alongside Lake Keechelus. We will then take the short narrow trail through the trees up to the common corridor shared with the Summit Nordic Center to ski the Cold Creek Trail up to Windy Pass. There we will have lunch and then head back down by the same route to the snopark.  

Grooming: At the time we start out it's unlikely that the John Wayne Trail will have been groomed but it probably will by the time we return. The short section up though the trees is never groomed and can often be more easily negotiated with skis off. The long climb of about 1,000 ft. from there up to Windy Pass is on the Cold Creek Trail. It won't have been groomed since the previous Sunday, so conditions we depend on the weather over the intervening days. It could make for a quite challenging ski: especially the descent.

Metal edged (full or partial) classic skis  will be an advantage. Skating will not be advised due to the length of time since the last grooming. 

Good herringbone climbing and downhill wedge braking and turning are a must.  You must also have a good level of fitness and stamina. Please contact the trip leader if you are unsure whether you meet these requirements.

You may carpool from the North Bend Safeway, meeting at 8:45 am or meet us at the Iron Horse Snopark at 9:30 am.

Directions and other trip details will be provided by email soon after registration closes at 5:00 pm on March 20. In the interim, please direct any questions to the trip leader, Chris Ensor,



Snoqualmie Pass Nordic Center

  • USGS Lost Lake

    Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass No. 207

    Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass Gateway No. 207S

    USGS Snoqualmie Pass
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