Cross-country Ski - Stampede Pass


Cross-country Ski - Stampede Pass

A demanding N3 ski trip in which we will explore the trail to Stampede Pass from Crystal Springs Snopark.

COVID-19: Learn about our most up-to-date guidance for participants and leaders on our COVID-19 Response page. All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before participating in this Mountaineers activity.
  • N3 Nordic Intermediate Ski
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 9.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,300 ft
  • Pace: moderate - av. moving speed 2.5mph

Meet at 8:45 am North Bend Safeway parking lot close to the tall Safeway/O'Reilly Auto Parts/Chase Bank sign in the parking lot. It's close to I-90 exit 31.

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


This trip will be co-led by Chris Ensor and Cheri Solien.

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 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!

This trip will be co-led by Chris Ensor and Cheri Solien

Trail: Snow conditions permitting, we will explore the trail to Stampede Pass from the Crystal Springs Snopark, exit 62 off I-90. 

 The way to Stampede Pass 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 1,300 ft.

Very little of our trail will be groomed for Nordic skiing and if present at all tracks will be only be cut on the first part of our route. Beyond this, the trail is normally ploughed 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. If we are able to make good progress, we will probably have lunch at Lizard Lake, just beyond Stampede Pass.

As a back-up if there is high avalanche danger and conditions are not suitable to ski to the Pass we will probably offer Lost Lake also from the Crystal Springs Trailhead. This is a similar distance on a much more sheltered trail. Its slightly easier and graded as an N2 standard route. 

Ski Ability Level: N3 Intermediate/Advanced

We will ski approximately 5-6 hours, cover approximately 9 miles at a moderate pace and climb 1,300 ft.  This is a demanding, 9-mile N3 level roundtrip due to the lack of grooming and as most of the route is uphill on the way out and downhill back. Some of the slopes are quite steep and the trail can be rutty due to snomobile traffic.

To participate you need to be able to: balance on skis, kick and glide at a moderate pace, snowplow, brake, have stamina, and know how to ski up and down a hill including negotiating turns. Also to sustain a wedge for considerable distances on the return downhill leg.

Conditions: The conditions we will find on the day are difficult to predict in advance. When found difficult on past trips, some have opted to take off their skis and walk down some of the steeper sections. That's OK in very difficult conditions, but it can be tiring and it means other have to wait in possibly cold conditions.

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

Equipment: The going could be particularly tough for participants using classic track skis without metal edges and normal Nordic track ski boots. For this reason Partial or Full Metal Edged Track or Back Country Skis are highly recommended for this trip. If you want to use any other skis please contact the leader.

Carpooling: You may carpool from our meeting place in North Bend, meeting at 8:30 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 conditions volunteering. Full directions to both locations and other trip information will be provided several days prior to our trip. 

Further Information: Full trip information will be emailed out to those who sign up as soon as registration closes on Jan. 19. Any questions in the interim can be emailed to the trip leader, Chris Ensor:



Stampede Pass

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Trip Reports