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Snoqualmie Loppet Best of Snoquamie Nordic Trails

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Cross country or “Nordic” skiing appeals to a broad range of ages, skills and fitness levels. From walking on skis to full body sprinting Nordic skiing is considered by many the best exercise for cardiovascular fitness.

The following trails are groomed for the classic style “tracks” with wide skate lane.

Before you go be sure to purchase a sno paSummitatSnoqualmieSkatePhotorks season pass with groomed trails sticker for display in your dash at any of the Washington Snow Park Parking areas.

With the John Wayne Pioneer Iron horse trail nearly connecting all the groomed Nordic Ski trails on the Snoqualmie Pass I90 corridor.

Here are our selections from west to east.

  1. The Summit at Snoqualmie Nordic boasts 50 kilometers of cross-country ski trails at the flanks of Hyak Peak and Mount Catherine. The upper trails can be reached by the East Peak Chair lift or the Silver Fir Chair. Your full day trail ticket will get you two lift rides per day. Descend to the lower trails via Mount Catherine Loop or Hidden Valley Trail.
  1. The flat grade and spectacular views through tight corridors and open vistas across Keechelus lake make Hyak a trail you will want to return to time and time again.
  1. For kid and special needs friendly trails (ACA), check out the Erling Stordahl Ski Trails at Crystal Springs Trollhaugen. Home base for the Mountaineers Meany Lodge and Sons of Norway.   This Sno Park features short easy to navigate loops in the forest and along mosquito creek.
  1. From the parking lot carry skis over I90 to the north Cabin Creek ski trails maintained by the Kongsberger ski club. These popular trails have 16k of some of the best groomed tracks on Snoqualmie pass and feature a handful of citizen races during the ski season. Warm up on the gentle grade out and back “road” trail. The more adventurous can veer off the main road trail try their skills on the Viking-Berg Loop Featuring the steep and twisty Mt Ozbaldy.
    The lay of the land; Snoqualmie Pass Trails from Mt Amabilis.

    The lay of the land; Snoqualmie Pass Trails from Mt Amabilis.

    Or make the climb to the east. Tucked between the long lake Keechelus and Little Kachess Lakes Mt Amabilis rises to form a clear ridge line above Interstate 90 with views of Mount Rainier and the central Cascades. Better conditions at this elevation make for a longer season and a long downhill ride back.

  1. Lake Easton Sno-Park at the far east side of Snoqualmie pass has 5 kilometers of mellow ski trails that roll through the woods and along Lake Easton and Yakima River offering up scenic overlooks on the way to and Frozen Toe Point.

Experience the joy gliding through winter landscapes on Snoqualmie Pass’ Nordic Ski Trails.

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1 Comment

The Snoqualmie Loppet: a 30-kilometer challenge for youth skiers | Youth Biathlon

January 25, 2017 at 1:56 am - Reply

[…] The Snoqualmie Loppet is a fun ski that used to be done with non-organized friends on the last Sunday in January (e.g. Jan 29, 2017).  It is a 30-km nordic tour that romps through almost all of the Snoqualmie Pass Nordic Areas, including: Summit Nordic Mount Catherine Loop; Iron Horse Trail; Troll Haegen Forest Loop; and Cabin Creek Viking Loop.  Here’s a fun video overview of the vicinity from a Best of the Northwest” page about nordic trails in the Snoqualmie Pass area. […]

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