Nordic Pass, Hyak Lake & Mount Catherine

From Hyak, visit Noric Pass, Hayak Lake and/or Mount Catherine, easy to moderate snowshoe or scramble trips near Snoqualmie Pass.

getting there

Take Exit 54 (Gold Creek/Hyak) off of I-90. Drive to and park at the Hyak Ski Area (2,630 ft).

approach & ascent

Hyak Lake (3,300 ft)

Basic Snowshoe
2.5 miles round trip with 700 feet of elevation gain

A fairly easy trek with minimal potential avalanche danger.

nordic pass (3,500 ft)

Basic Snowshoe
7 miles round trip with 1,600 feet of elevation gain

Head west up hill along the powerlines and/or along the cabins until about 2,900 ft then head on a 230° bearing to Nordic Pass.

Mount Catherine (5,052 ft)

Intermediate snowshoe, winter scramble, or spring snow scramble
9 miles round trip with 2,700 feet of elevation gain

Head west up hill along the powerlines and/or along the cabins until about 2,900 ft then head on a 230° bearing to Nordic Pass. Follow the ridge to the summit of Mount Catherine.

alternate route

When ski area is closed, hike under the ski chair lifts to the summit of Mount Hyak and then drop down toward the Radio Facility, 300° bearing, on the road. At the road intersection (~3,250 ft) follow the road until it crosses Mill Creek or stay in the timber. After crossing Mill Creek, follow a bearing of 242° ~1 mile to Nordic Pass, then follow the ridge to the summit of Mount Catherine. Alternatively, ~0.5 mi from Nordic Pass, head south gaining a broad ridge on the north side to the crest and then turn right and follow the ridge to the summit. This route is ~3,000 feet of elevation gain.

notes

  • It is best to do in winter or early spring when snow is present.
  • This route intersects upper part of the Snoqualmie Pass Nordic Center's trail system. Be careful to avoid walking on the groomed cross-country ski tracks. A trail pass is required for any use of the ski resort's groomed Nordic trails.
  • Be careful to avoid the private land north of the chair lift.
  • Avoid all active downhill ski runs or check with ski patrol confirm if uphill travel is allowed during downhill ski operations.
  • Difficulty: Technical 3, Strenuous 2, Snow Scramble, Winter Scramble, Moderate
  • Length: 8.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,700 ft
  • 5,052 ft
Map
  • Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass Gateway No. 207S
  • USGS Snoqualmie Lake
  • USGS Lost Lake
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  • Hyak Lake
  • Nordic Pass
  • Mount Catherine
  • Hyak Lake & Nordic Pass
  • Nordic Pass & Mount Catherine
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