Trip Report    

Stewardship - Snoqualmie Pass Nordic Center

Fun bluebird day on the snow stewarding the Nordic Pass Trail!

  • Road suitable for all vehicles

We met our Nordic Pass leader and main contact Gary at Hyak at 8, when parking was still easily available.  Gary filled us in briefly on the history of the Nordic Pass Trail, and then discussed our mission for the day: navigating the route, installing blue diamonds as needed on both the outbound and the return sides of the trail, and pruning branches as needed to improve visibility.  He also provided us with blue diamonds and nails.  We easily located the start of the trail at the switchback on the road above the standard Hyak parking area, and easily navigated the first creek crossing.  
From there, our day progressed by having a point team locating the correct direction of travel, and then we leap frogged behind, installing diamonds and pruning.  While it worked pretty efficiently, we ran out of time to make it all the way to Nordic Pass itself, stopping about a half mile or so before, at a location called Dick’s Creek.  However, we did tackle the biggest problem areas earlier on this route, so other users will surely have an easier time.  For those people, pay attention both to diamonds ahead, as well as diamonds behind, and note the angle of the diamonds to help with directing you.  
Overall, we enjoyed big trees, lots of snow, very few people, and the big blue sky above.  Nice day!  A what a great crew who willingly came together for a very fun day of service to the Nordic Pass Trail!  Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!