Day Hike - Pacific Crest Trail: Snoqualmie Pass to Windy Pass


Day Hike - Pacific Crest Trail: Snoqualmie Pass to Windy Pass

An 11-mile round trip hike with 1,600 feet of elevation gain that explores a lightly used but scenic section of the Pacific Crest Trail south from Snoqualmie Pass to Windy Pass. We will traverse a winter ski area pass two lakes, cross a talus field and hike through lush meadows on a trail that has great views on a fine day.

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.
  • Moderate/Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 11.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,600 ft
  • Pace: 2 mph average moving speed

8:00 am at the Snoqualmie Pass PCT South Trailhead.

Full location and driving details will e-mailed to participants once the trip closes on July 21.

Please note: there has been a leadership change for this trip. Chris Ensor has withdrawn due to a knee injury. Elizabeth Nakashima has taken over the role of Primary leader and John Gilbert will now be Co-Leader. 

We will hike south on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) from the Snoqualmie Pass south trailhead over the Summit West ski area and past Beaver Lake and Lodge Lake to the west. About 3 miles out we will traverse a steep talus field overlooking the canyon of the South Fork Snoqualmie River. Then, after a short section of logging road we hike up a narrow trail and arrive at the picturesque Ollalie Meadow with Radio Mountain to the east. Soon after, a short ascent beyond the meadow will bring us to Windy Pass, our destination and high point at 3,800 ft. We will return by the same route with the option to add a short detour to see Lodge Lake.

This hike will be led at a moderate pace (average 2 mph). A good standard of fitness and stamina is required in view of the 11-mile distance and 1,600 ft. elevation gain.


This trip will follow the State and Mountaineers COVID 19 guidelines that apply on the date of this trip.

Participants who are not fully vaccinated (Pfizer & Moderna two shots + 2 weeks or J&J one shot + 2 weeks) are expected to wear a mask when we meetup and on the trail when it’s not possible to keep a minimum of 6 ft. distance from others. Please do not register if you are unwilling to meet this expectation.


Full trip details will be emailed to those who sign up soon after registration closes on July 21. at 5pm. In the interim, please contact the primary leader with any questions:

Elizabeth Nakashima


Pacific Crest Trail: Snoqualmie Pass to Windy Pass

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  • Navigation
  • Headlamp
  • Sun protection
  • First aid
  • Knife
  • Fire
  • Shelter
  • Extra food
  • Extra water
  • Extra clothes
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