Hyak Lake, Nordic Pass, Windy Pass & Mount Catherine


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

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  • *Varies*
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 11.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,200 ft
  • Pace: 2,5 mph average moving speed

Hyak Snopark off I-90 Exit 54. Meeting time changed from 8:00am to arrive by 8:30am and be ready to ski at 8:45am. 

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

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 and other signs marking a short ungroomed trail on the right.  We may take our skies off to climb the short steep trail through the woods following the blue diamonds until we intersect the Summit Nordic Center Cold Creek Trail.

This trail is normally groomed on Fridays, Weekends and Holidays. We will follow it 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.   Set tracks should be available over much of our route.

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. If so, we will turn round and instead return earlier to the Iron Horse Trail and ski further east.

This N3 rated trip is planned as an approximately 9 miles round trip with over 1,000 ft gain over 3 of these miles. We will travel at an average moving speed of 2.5 mph. 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 for a prolonged distance including negotiating turns. If you are uncertain of your ability and stamina to manage this type of trip please contact me to discuss further.


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 

MORE INFORMATION: Full trip information will be emailed out to those who sign up as soon as registration closes at 5pm on March 17.  In the interim. any questions can be emailed to trip leader Chris Ensor ctrails@comcast.net


Hyak Lake, Nordic Pass, Windy Pass & Mount Catherine

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