Washington 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 four Washington east-west highways with mountain passes open year-round. The other passes are are Stevens Pass, US Highway 2 and White Pass, US Highway 12.

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.


Snoqualmie Pass View Camera
Department of Transportation site featuring live video feeds from five Snoqualmie Pass cameras updated every 90 seconds to 12 minutes depending upon the view selected. Also, links to road conditions report on each of the Washington mountain passes.

Scenic Drives

Mountains to Sound Greenway
A Scenic Byways site describing the I-90 corridor between the Cascade Mountains crest on the east and Alki Point on the west. Rich in content and descriptions of historical, recreational and scenic points of interest.

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