Backcountry Touring Field Trip

Field trip: Backcountry Touring

Backcountry Touring Field Trip - Stevens Pass Backcountry

A field trip to a backcountry location for hands-on learning and skills practice and evaluation.

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  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 4.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,000 ft

8:00am at the Yodelin parking lot east of Stevens Pass ski area. Here is the parking lot as shown by Google Maps.

Our planned route is the wonderfully named Welldigger's Ass, just east of Stevens Pass. Here is some information about it:
Driving directions
To get there, take US 2 to Stevens Pass ski area. Continue another 1.5 miles past the main ski area to an overflow parking lot on the right. (This was formerly the parking lot for the now defunct Yodelin ski area.) The route begins behind the lodge building. GPS coordinates: 47.7725, -121.0741
Prepare your equipment for a complete day tour with avalanche essentials, water, food, layers, etc. Consider bringing a lunch you can eat on the go.

Stevens Pass Ski Area

  • USGS Stevens Pass

    USGS Labyrinth Mtn

    Green Trails Stevens Pass No. 176

    Green Trails Alpine Lakes West (Stevens Pass) No. 176S
  • See full route/place details.
Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Skis for touring
  • Appropriate boots
  • Appropriate bindings
  • Climbing skins
  • Poles (adjustable length)
  • Ski crampons (required)
  • Boot crampons (optional)
  • Avalanche safety tools (beacon, probe, shovel)
  • Repair kit
  • First aid kit
  • Emergency kit
  • Clothing
  • Ski helmet
  • Pack to carry your equipment that also can carry your skis/snowboard (it is useful if your pack also has touring-specific features such as compartments for avalanche safety tools and goggles as well as a way to attach or stow your helmet)
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