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Snoqualmie Pass provides access to a number of trails including the Pacific Crest Trail, which stretches from Mexico to Canada. Several trailheads are located at the summit of Snoqualmie Pass. Others are located east and west of the pass just off highway Interstate 90.
Several popular hikes are listed below. For hike details, see the recommended books and guides to these and other nearby hikes to the right.
Rachel Lake. 8 miles round trip; 1600' elevation gain; Mid-July thru October, high point, 4650 feet.
Alaska Lake. 11 miles round trip; 1600' elevation gain; Mid-July thru September; high point 4200 feet.
Kendall Katwalk. 10-1/2 miles round trip; 2700' elevation gain; Mid-July thru Mid-October; high point 5400 feet.
Red Pass. 10 miles round trip; 2700' elevation gain; Mid-July thru October; high point 5400 feet.
Snow Lake. 7 miles round trip; 1300' elevation gain; July thru October; high point 4400 feet.
Melakwa Lake. 9 miles round trip. 2300' elevation gain; Mid-July thru October; high point 4909 feet.
Rachel Lake by Washington Trail Association
Snoqualmie Pass Train Tunnel
The tracks are gone, but the railroad's right-of-way forms part of the popular 113-mile John Wayne Pioneer Trail for hiking, biking and horseback riding. In the winter the trail accommodates snowmobiles, dog sleds and cross country skiing. This 100 mile portion stretches from Cedar Falls near North Bend to the Columbia River near Vantage and is managed by the Iron Horse State Park.
Snow Lake by Washington Trail Association
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...
Day Hiking: Snoqualmie Region by Dan Nelson and Alan L. Bauer. The Mountaineers Books introduces its new Day Hiking guidebook series, written by Northwest residents with impressive hiking resumes. These guides provide accurate information in attractive, high-quality packaging and are infused with the environmental ethic that distinguishes The Mountaineers Books from other outdoor publishers. Order now...
to Trails Northwest Washington: Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forests
by Ira Spring and Washington Trails Association. Mountaineer Books. Order now...
Backcountry Skiing Snoqualmie Pass by Martin Volken. Just an hour east of Seattle, Washington, Snoqualmie Pass provides easy access to rugged glaciated mountains with deep snow and terrain for anyone with strong intermediate to expert skiing skills. Swiss mountain guide, ski mountaineer, and author Martin Volken supplies information on twenty-eight single-day and multiday excursions. 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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