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Snoqualmie Pass

  • Snoqualmie Pass

Overview

  • Karla Gadea

Snoqualmie Pass consists of mountain chalets that are mainly seasonally occupied by residents of the Seattle, Washington metropolitan area, with approximately 150 year-round residents. Winter sports are the main draw, but outdoor recreation is available year round. The Pacific Crest Trail crosses through Snoqualmie Pass and a variety of other trails are also available for hiking and climbing in the summer, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing during the winter months. Snoqualmie Pass is also the site of the Summit at Snoqualmie, a group of alpine ski areas managed by Boyne USA Resorts. The Summit consists of four ski areas: Alpental, Summit West (formerly named Snoqualmie Summit), Summit Central (formerly Ski Acres), and Summit East (formerly Hyak). The Summit at Snoqualmie is the closest ski area to Seattle, so it is often crowded on weekends.

Hike to Marmot and Jade Lakes(Summer-Fall)(Intermediate): The hike to Marmot and Jade Lakes is a long 18 miles but is well worth the trip. The two lakes on this hike are amazing with very blue waters taken from melted glaciers. The trail from Deception Pass to Marmot Lake is a little over 4 miles. Jade lake  Start this hike at the Deception Pass Trailhead.

Hike and Swim Twin Falls(Year-round)(Beginner): This is 3 mile round trip trail that leads hikers to a 70 foot waterfall. It has a 500 foot elevation gain. The trail also crosses a bridge and other beautiful views of the upper falls. The trail can be accessed on the east end of Twin Falls Trail from Homestead Valley trailhead.

Swim at French Cabin Creek(Spring-Summer)(Beginner): Visitors can enjoy a swim, a short hike, or fishing in French Cabin Creek. The hike to the lake is half a mile and is very quiet. Take exit 80 off of I-90 east. Take a left on bullfrog road. Heading North toward Salmon La Sac. Continue on highway 903. You will pass through a few towns. Roslyn, Ronald and eventually Lake Cle Elum. Take a left after passing Lake Cle Elum. Look for a sign for French Cabin Creek Rd. All along that road is fantastic camping. Pick a spot, you can park anywhere along the roadside.

Chikamin Peak Scramble(Summer-Fall)(Advanced): Chikamin Peak is a long 18 mile round trip. Take the Mineral Creek Trailhead; it has an elevation gain for about the first 7 miles with some overgrown trail. Once at the alpine lakes, take in the views and look to your map to see the best route to the summit. You may need to do some route finding as there is no trail near the top.

Hike to Gem Lake(Summer-Fall)(Intermediate): The hike to Gem Lake is 10 miles out and back with beautiful sunset views. The hike also offer alpine views and crystal blue waters to swim in. You’ll start out with a great warm up, walking through dense green underbrush and a brief wooded area. Before too long the trail increases in inclination slightly and begins to offer up some small rocky sections where rock slides have created little obstacle courses. The ascent continues to gradually steepen as you traverse a series of well maintained switchbacks. As you reach the top before descending into the Snow Lake basin you will get some epic views of Chair Peak to the west.

Hike to Goldmyer Hot Springs(Year-Round)(Beginner): Goldmyer Hot Springs is a beautiful little gem that is found within the wilderness of the stunning Cascade Mountains. The hot springs is located on the old remains of a mining town, and delivers water to a set of pools along the mountainside. The “cave” pool at the top hovers around 110 degrees, but as the water cascades down into the lower pools, it cools down to 104 degrees. There is also another cold water pool adjacent to the hot springs. Take Exit 34 from I-90 and head into North Bend – you’ll quickly find the Middle Fork Rd. on your right. Continue on this road for 9 miles, go past the Middle Fork Campground, and then take a right immediately after the single-lane bridge and follow signs for the Dingford Creek Trailhead.

Hike to Wildcat Lake(Spring-Fall)(Intermediate): Get amazing views of Snow, Gem, and Lower Wildcat Lakes. The total trip is a approximately 14 miles. From the start of the trail it is 3.4 miles to Snow Lake. The morning’s run to Gem Lake is an additional 1.7 miles. After leaving Gem, it’s an additional 1.9 miles to Lower Wildcat Lake. From Seattle drive east on I-90 to exit 52 (signed for Snoqualmie Pass west). Turn left (north), crossing under the freeway, and continue to the end of the road at the Alpental Ski Area parking lot.
Snoqualmie Falls: Snoqualmie Falls is a 270 foot waterfall on the Snoqualmie River. The hike to the falls is short and easy; the waterfall is its best on a rainy day.

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ACTIVITY:

Hiking, Trails, Kayaking, Camping, Swimming, Skiing, Springs

Difficulty:

Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

SEASON:

Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall

How to Get There

The closest airport to Snoqualmie is Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, which is 40 minutes away. From the airport get on WA-518 east from Airport Expressway, then follow I-405 north and I-90 east to Winery road. Take exit 27 from I-90 east and follow SE North Bend Way and Meadowbrook Way SE to Railroad Avenue in Snoqualmie.
How long should I stay? 6-7 days

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Additional Logding Options

Salish Lodge &Spa (6501 Railroad Ave, Snoqualmie, WA 98065)
Website: http://salishlodge.com
Phone: (425) 888-2556

Hilton Garden Inn Seattle/Issaquah (1800 NW Gilman Blvd, Issaquah, WA 98027)
Website: http://hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/washington/hilton-garden-inn-seattle-issaquah-SEAISGI/index.html
Phone: (425) 837-3600

Hyatt House Seattle/Bellevue (3244 139th Ave SE, Bellevue, WA 98005)
Website: https://bellevue.house.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html
Phone: (425) 747-2705

Dining

Tavolata (2323 Second Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121)
Website: http://ethanstowellrestaurants.com
Phone: (206) 838-8008

Canlis (2576 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109)
Website: http://canlis.com
Phone: (206) 283-3313

Lark (952 E Seneca St, Seattle, WA 98122)
Website: http://larkseattle.com
Phone: (206) 323-5275

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