Swauk Pass to Blewett Pass

A one-way moderate to strenuous snowshoe of 10.5 miles and 1,200 feet of elevation gain. The route starts at Blewett Pass, formerly Swauk Pass, and follows the Wenatchee Ridge to Old Blewett Pass, the original Blewett Pass. From there follow the Old Blewett Pass road back to Highway 97.

getting there

From Cle Elum, drive US-97 north to the parking lot at the intersection with the Old Blewett Pass Highway, about 2 miles north of Mineral Springs Campground.  Leave a car or two here for the shuttle back.  Then continue on US-97 to the Blewett Pass SnoPark.

Snowshoute route

From the SnoPark follow the road/ridge west  to  Old Blewett Pass. From Old Blewett Pass follow the Old Blewett Pass Highway south back to SR 97.

a bit of history

In 1956, the Blewett Pass Highway was rebuilt to go through Swauk Pass  and is now the current US 97.  In 1991, Blewett Pass was renamed Swauk Pass by Washing State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and, just a year later, in 1992 Swauk Pass was changed back to Blewett Pass by State and Federal Boards. Learn more by reading the Old Blewett Blog.

  • Suitable Activities: Snowshoeing
  • Snowshoeing Category: Intermediate
  • Seasons: January, February, March, April, December
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  • Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous
  • Length: 10.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,200 ft
  • 4,885 ft
  • USGS Blewett Pass
  • USGS Liberty
  • Green Trails Liberty No. 210
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