Keechelus Lake & John Wayne Trail

Now officially the Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail, the John Wayne Pioneer Trail is often referred to as the Iron Horse Trail. This section provides up to 15 miles of mostly level skiing or snowshoeing and is a perfect route for beginning skiers practicing their cross-country "kick-and-glide" skiing skills.

getting there

Take Exit 54 off of I-90, turn left onto Forest Road 2219 and follow it 1.5 miles to the Hyak SnoPark.

on the trail

The groomed cross-country ski trail cruises through the trees and parallels the Keechelus Lake with occasional views across the lake. At 2.5 miles the trail crosses a 1/4 mile wide avalanche chute that's marked with a red sign at the old rail road snow sheds.  Consider turning around here if  avalanche forecasts indicate unstable snow. If yo do continue, do so as quickly as you can.

Continue south enjoying occasional views of the lake. At 5.75 miles reach Meadow Creek and the intersection to the Lake Keechelus dam, a good lunch spot and turn around. For strong skiers the trail continues south crossing another avalanche chute at 7 miles. At 7.5 mile cross the Stampede Pass Road where you can turn left and ski to the Crystal Springs SnoPark.

  • Difficulty: N1 Nordic Basic Ski
  • Length: 15.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 500 ft
  • 2,540 ft
  • Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass No. 207

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  • John Wayne Pioneer Trail
  • John Wayne Trail
  • Iron Horse Trail
  • Keechelus Lake & Iron Horse Trail
  • Keechelus Lake
  • Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail
  • Keechelus Lake & Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail

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