Microwave Hill (Keechelus Ridge)


Intermediate Snowshoe - Microwave Hill (Keechelus Ridge)

Intermediate snowshoe trip with a focus of identifying animal tracks & sign. Revised Mar 10 to remove "Leader's Permission" that gave priority to attendees of Jan 25 Animal Tracking presentation, and allow all eligible members to join. If you don't have a Sno-Park permit, contact leader - we can handle 2 vehicles without permits. If you don't have a beacon, contact leader - with a sufficient # participants with beacons & decision-making experience, we can allow add'l participants w/o beacons.

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.
  • Wed, Mar 17, 2021
  • Everett Snowshoe Program
  • Snowshoeing
  • Intermediate
  • Adults
  • Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 10.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,000 ft

Crystal Springs Sno-Park, 8:00 am (groomed Sno-Park pass required)

Trip will have focus of identifying animal tracks & sign. Leader is certified in track & sign identification.

Trip is in partnership with Conservation NW for searching for signs of threatened & endangered species.

We will be stopping during the trip to examine animal tracks & sign, so could be standing around getting cold at times, but should still be able to reach our destination.

We will be going to (or towards) "Microwave Hill" (W summit of Keechelus Ridge), on logging roads or parallel to them. Will proceed to main summit if time / avalanche conditions permit.

Trip is contingent on acceptable snow, avalanche & driving conditions.

Members need to have a groomed Sno-Park Pass (or have a means of carpooling with a household/pod member who does).

Prior to starting the snowshoe activity itself, we will need to car-shuttle 2 miles from the Sno-Park to the starting point. Members need to be comfortable with this very short “carpool” (which would involve MASKS ON, WINDOWS DOWN, NO TALKING to minimize chance of virus transmission).

Equipment: Beacon / shovel / avalanche probe.


Microwave Hill (Keechelus Ridge)

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Snowshoes
  • Trekking Pole w/ snow basket (one pole is likely sufficient for most folks)
  • Beacon
  • Shovel
  • Avalanche probe
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