Commonwealth Basin

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

GETTING THERE

From the I-90 take exit 52.  Park at the Summit West lot, carefully crossing the summit access road and walking under the highway overpass to reach the trailhead on the north side of the I-90.  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.

ON THE TRAIL

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.

Information FOr leaders

scheduling & Permits

  • 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.
  • If you are scheduling this as a non-course related activity, please limit your group size to the recommended party size. The maximum party size is for use by course field trips only, and includes both students and instructors. Group size maximums do not reflect how course field trips are run (in smaller groups of students and instructors), but allow for course leaders to register the course in our system.
  • Please note that this trail enters the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, and trips proceeding into the Wilderness must comply with wilderness regulations. Groups exceeding 12 must divide into physically and logistically separate parties and maintain a minimum distance of one-mile separation. 
  • If you are scheduling a course field trip, please contact our Member Services Team to confirm the field trip and any permitting regulations.
  • 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
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 24
Map
  • Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass Gateway No. 207S
  • Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass No. 207
  • USGS Snoqualmie Pass
Activities

Upcoming Activities

Seattle Pathfinders Snowshoeing - Commonwealth Basin

Youth Youth activity: Pathfinders
[BLACK BEAR POD] Phase 2 trip for Pathfinders. Join for a day of snowshoeing!
Difficulty: Easy+
Sat, Dec 5, 2020
Prerequisites
1 participant 0 chaperones
Registration closes Dec 10
Seattle Branch

Basic Snowshoeing Equivalency Field Trip - Pod Version - Commonwealth Basin

Snowshoeing Field trip: Basic Snowshoeing Equivalency
Field trip for the Seattle Basic Snowshoe Course.
Difficulty: Easy+
Sat, Dec 12, 2020
No Prerequisites
0 participants 1 instructor on waitlist
Registration closes Dec 8
Seattle Branch

Basic Snowshoeing Field Trip - Pod Version - Commonwealth Basin

Snowshoeing Field trip: Basic Snowshoeing Course
Field trip for the Seattle Basic Snowshoe Course.
Sat, Dec 12, 2020
No Prerequisites
0 participants 1 instructor on waitlist
Registration closes Dec 8
Seattle Branch

Seattle Nomads Snowshoeing - Commonwealth Basin

Youth Youth activity: Nomads
[MARMOT POD] Phase 2 trip for Nomads. Join for a day of snowshoeing!
Difficulty: Easy+
Sun, Dec 13, 2020
Prerequisites
1 participant 0 chaperones
Registration closes Dec 11
Seattle Branch

Basic Snowshoeing Field Trip - Commonwealth Basin

Snowshoeing Field trip: Basic Snowshoeing Course
Field trip for the Foothills Basic Snowshoeing Course. Completion of one field trip is required
Difficulty: Easy+
Sun, Dec 13, 2020
No Prerequisites
2 participants on waitlist 0 instructors
Registration closes Dec 11
Foothills Branch

Basic Snowshoeing Field Trip - Commonwealth Basin

Snowshoeing Field trip: Basic Snowshoeing Course
Field trip for the Foothills Basic Snowshoeing Course. Completion of one field trip is required
Sat, Jan 9, 2021
No Prerequisites
0 participants 0 instructors
Registration closes Jan 7
Foothills Branch

Basic Snowshoeing Field Trip - Pod Version - Commonwealth Basin

Snowshoeing Field trip: Basic Snowshoeing Course
Field trip for the Seattle Basic Snowshoe Course.
Sat, Jan 16, 2021
No Prerequisites
2 participants on waitlist 0 instructors
Registration closes Jan 13
Seattle Branch

Basic Snowshoeing Field Trip - Commonwealth Basin

Snowshoeing Field trip: Basic Snowshoeing Course
Field trip for the Foothills Basic Snowshoeing Course. Completion of one field trip is required
Sun, Jan 17, 2021
No Prerequisites
5 participants 1 instructor
Registration closes Jan 15
Foothills Branch

Basic Snowshoeing Field Trip - Pod Version - Commonwealth Basin

Snowshoeing Field trip: Basic Snowshoeing Course
Field trip for the Seattle Basic Snowshoe Course.
Mon, Jan 18, 2021
No Prerequisites
1 participant on waitlist 1 instructor on waitlist
Registration closes Jan 12
Seattle Branch
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