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"Cup of Strength" by Charlotte Paul, 1958. Coming to the Snoqualmie Valley in search of the husband who deserted her, young Merrie Cowen makes a new life for herself in the brawling Northwest frontier of the 1890s.


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Mountain Passes

Snoqualmie Pass

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

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.

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