Commonwealth Basin

Ascending 900 feet and traveling 5 miles round trip, this is a longer alternative to the Commonwealth Falls route.

The trailhead begins on the north side of Interstate 90 at the northbound PCT trailhead.  Travel along Commonwealth Creek beyond Commonwealth Falls, heading up into where Commonwealth Basin opens up to views of Red Mountain and Lundin Peak.

Park at the Summit West lot, carefully crossing the summit access road to reach the trailhead.  Don't be tempted to park at the cleared area at the top of NF-58 (the old Snoqualmie Pass Road).  Despite appearances, that is a no parking area.

Information FOr leaders

Permit information

As of 2017, the Snoqualmie Ranger District considers Mountaineers trips and courses to be "nominal use". Leaders should print and copy this designation letter to show rangers they may see on trail or carry a digital copy on their phone.

  • Difficulty: Easy+
  • Length: 5.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 900 ft
  • 3,900 ft
  • Land Manager: Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
    Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Snoqualmie Ranger District (MBSNF)
  • Parking Permit Required: None
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 24
  • Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass No. 207
  • USGS Snoqualmie Pass

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