Cross-country Ski - Windy Pass from the Iron Horse Trail


Cross-country Ski - Windy Pass from the Iron Horse Trail

Ski from the Hyak Snopark east along the Iron Horse Trail then take the short ungroomed connector trail to join the Cold Creek Trail up the Common Corridor to close to Windy Pass where the Common Corridor Ends. Prior to the start of general registration on Feb. 3 priority is given to participants whose earlier trips with Chris Ensor had to be cancelled due to bad weather.

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.
  • Technical 3, Strenuous 2, Snow Scramble, Winter Scramble
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 13.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 430 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 3,825 ft
  • Pace: 3 mph Average Moving Speed

Hyak Snopark off I-90 Exit 54 at 8:00am. 

Full direction and other details will be emailed to participants soon after the trip closes at 5pm on Feb. 17

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

We will ski the state groomed Iron Horse xc trail from the Hyak Snopark to about a 1/2 mile before the Cold Creek Bridge.  We will look for blue diamonds marking a short ungroomed trail on the right.  Climbing steeply through the woods we will follow the blue diamonds until we intersect the Summit Nordic Center Cold Creek Trail. This is normally groomed on Fridays, Weekends and Holidays. We will follow this trail uphill towards Windy Pass.  This section of trail is known as the Common Corridor. It provides public access to Nordic Pass and Silver Peak without requiring a trail pass from the Summit Nordic Center.  

We will probably have lunch at the far end of the Common Corridor and then return by the same route.

There is a potential avalanche slide zone just above the current location of the Jim Brooks Warming Hut. On the day of our trip the trail will be closed at that point if there is a slide danger. 


This ski trip will follow the WA State Phased Approach to Reopening Business and Modifying Physical Distancing and the Mountaineers 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 hikers, the leaders 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 including directions to the snopark will be emailed out to those who sign up as soon as registration closes on Feb. 17.  In the interim. any questions can be emailed to trip Co-Leader Chris Ensor


Hyak Lake, Nordic Pass, Windy Pass & Mount Catherine

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