Snoqualmie Pass to Stampede Pass: The Patrol Race Traverse

Ski from Snoqualmie Pass to Windy Pass to Yakima Pass over Stampede Pass to Meany Lodge following the historical patrol race course.


In the 1920’s adventurous Mountaineers scouted an 18+ mile ski route between their two mountain lodges (one near Snoqualmie Pass, the other near Stampede Pass). In 1930, they inaugurated a race over this route. This race was the first of its kind in North America. Three-person teams would start at intervals from the Snoqualmie Lodge over a trail broken by a party that left before dawn. Each person was required to carry a ten-pound pack of emergency provisions and the three team members had to finish within a minute of each other at the Meany Ski Hut (near Stampede Pass). The race ran for twelve years and produced tales of both misadventure and great ski prowess.

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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.

  • Length: 19.3 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,500 ft
  • 4,200 ft
  • USGS Snoqualmie Pass
  • USGS Stampede Pass

Upcoming Activities

Backcountry Ski/Snowboard - Snoqualmie Pass to Stampede Pass: The Patrol Race Traverse

Backcountry Skiing Trip
The Patrol Race is a backcountry team touring race. Registration is restricted to those who
Difficulty: M3 Mountain 3 Ski
Sat, Mar 14, 2020
53 participants
Registration closes Mar 7
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