Skyline Ridge & Tye Peak

A short-but-steep snowshoe or backcountry ski trip of 4 miles round-trip and 1,100 feet of elevation gain. Travel to an alpine lake with the option to explore the ridgeline above and beyond to Tye Peak and Lake. Skyline Ridge and Lake have sometimes been referred to as Heather Ridge and Lake.

ascent route

Skyline Lake

From the Stevens Pass Ski Area parking lot on the north side of the highway, find the trailhead near the electrical substation.  Follow the road as it switchbacks up the hill, taking in views of the ski area and Cowboy Mountain.  This is good exercise; the road climbs at an average of 500 feet per mile! At about 5,000 ft, turn off the road and find a route through the trees to the lake. As an option, you can ascend from the lake to the ridge above to seek out an interesting boulder garden.

tye Peak and lake

From the lake climb northwest through timber to ascend to gap in crest of Skyline Ridge at 5,200 ft.  Descend northwest down open slopes of Skyline Ridge backside to drainage at head of small creek (4,800 ft). Traverse NNW on a steep wooded slope trending slightly up until slope opens into gentle snowy meadows at 4,900 ft. Then climb west up the meadows into steeper woods to gain crest of Tye Ridge (5,000 ft).  Turn south on Tye Ridge (away from Point 5476 aka Tye Peak) and traverse southerly on ridge-top to about 5,200 ft where a small pinnacle blocks way.  Look west over ridge to see broad north-facing ramp on other side.  This snowy ramp leads down to Tye Lake (4,695 ft).

Information for LEADERS

scheduling & permits

  • If you are scheduling this as a non-course related activity, please limit your group size to the default 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.
  • If you plan to travel beyond Tye Ridge (to Tye Lake, for example), your group size must be 12 or fewer to comply with the group size limits in the Henry M. Jackson Wilderness.
  • If you are scheduling a course field trip, please contact our Member Services Team to confirm the field trip and any permitting regulations.
  • This route allows multiple bookings. Please check scheduled trips listed below in the "Activities" tab to see if there is another group already booked on the same day. If so, please coordinate with them to ensure you are carpooling and teaching at different areas.
  • Difficulty: Moderate, M1 Mountain 1 Ski, Winter Scramble
  • Length: 4.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,200 ft
  • 5,476 ft
  • Land Manager: Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
    Wild Sky Wilderness, Skykomish Ranger District (MBSNF)
  • Parking Permit Required: None
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 60
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 60
  • Green Trails Benchmark Mtn No. 144
  • Green Trails Stevens Pass No. 176
  • Green Trails Alpine Lakes West (Stevens Pass) No. 176S

Upcoming Activities

Seattle Junior MAC Snowshoe - Skyline Lake

Youth Youth activity: Junior MAC
Join us for a day of snowshoeing to Skyline Lake!
Difficulty: Moderate, M1 Mountain 1 Ski, Winter Scramble
Tue, Dec 21, 2021
11 participants 4 chaperones
Registration opens Oct 1
Seattle Branch
Trip Reports

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  • Skyline Ridge/North Side
  • Skyline Lake
  • Skyline Ridge to Tye Lake
  • Skyline Ridge to Tye Peak
  • Tye Lake
  • Tye Peak

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