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Snoqualmie Pass, elevation 3,022 feet, on I-90, is the lowest and most heavily traveled east-west highway crossing in Washington state. It is one of the state's two east-west highways with mountain passes open year-round. The other is Stevens Pass Highway, US 2.
Snoqualmie Pass offers easy access to a variety of recreational opportunities including hiking, backpacking, skiing, snowboarding and cross-country skiing. The pass is crossed by the popular Pacific Crest Trail, which runs from British Columbia, Canada to Mexico. Other trailheads abound at the Pass or along its approaches. Several ski areas populate the pass, with shuttle buses between ski areas. The winter visitor will find numerous condos and vacation rentals available for lodging as well as the popular ski resorts.
These numerous trailheads, ski slopes and the easy year-around access from Seattle and its suburbs makes the Snoqualmie Pass area a popular summer and winter recreational site for residents of Western Washington and the Puget Sound.
Stevens Pass, elevation 4,061 feet, is on US 2 - the Stevens Pass Greenway, and is one of two east-west highways with mountain passes open year-round in Washington State. The other is I-90, to the south, which crosses Snoqualmie Pass. The 105-mile Stevens Pass scenic byway winds through the rugged, forested Cascade Mountains and runs beside the wild and scenic Skykomish and Wenatchee rivers along most of its length. Year-round recreation opportunities include white-water rafting, hiking, skiing and auto touring. Travelers are advised to carry tire chains and monitor weather conditions during snow season.
Best selection of books on the Northwest.
55 Hikes Around Snoqualmie Pass: Mountains to Sound Greenway, 2nd Edition by Harvey Manning and Ira Spring. This book highlights destinations for hikers who want to enjoy and preserve this important natural area between Seattle and Ellensburg. From easy afternoon strolls to challenging trails through the Cascades, each hike is described completely. Order now...
55 Hikes Around Stevens Pass: Wild Sky Area by Rick McGuire and Ira Spring. New addition to the popular 100 Hikes in™ series and companion to the successful 55 Hikes Around Snoqualmie Pass. Details mile by mile the views along Stevens Pass Highway, a designated national scenic byway. Order now...
to Trails Northwest Washington: Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forests
by Ira Spring and Washington Trails Association. Mountaineer Books. Order now...
Snowshoe Routes Washington, 3rd Edition (Mountaineers Books) by Can Nelson. This guide features 100 routes categorized in nine sections, and information on camping options, parking, dog-friendly routes and avalanche risk. Color photographs and at-a-glance icons are also included. Order now...
100 Classic Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Routes In Washington: Description of Mountaineers Books 100 Classic Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Routes In Washington by Rainer Burdorfer. More than 100 routes and tours for intermediate to advanced alpine and Nordic skiers and snowboarders, Burgdorfer's guide is the definitive reference for the Cascade region. Order now...
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