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Old Blewett Pass Highway

Central Cascades

Location

Central Cascades -- Blewett Pass

Length

8.2 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 1030 ft.
Highest Point: 4064 ft.

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Sno-Parks Permit
 
 

This old road is managed for snowmobilers, cross-country skiers, and snowshoers, and it's a great way to enjoy a long, 8-mile snowshoe, or a shorter hike to views and history of the area. 

In summer, visitors can drive to the pass on the Old Blewett Pass Highway, where you can see the site of an old restaurant and a 1930s rope-tow ski lift. Some other artifacts may remain, but as always, please leave these for others to enjoy. It's also worth noting for summer drivers, that the road is now a Forest Service road, and is maintained as any Forest Service road - meaning don't let the pavement fool you. It is no longer a highway maintained by the highways department. Occasionally you'll encounter rockfall and downed trees.

In winter, this same roadbed provides a lovely walk up from the highway just across from the Swauk Campground Sno-Park. It's possible to park here, then cross the road and head up the old road. 

Whenever you visit, be aware that just before arriving at the old pass, the roadbed traverses private property. Please be aware of this and stay on the right-of-way (the road) as you approach the pass. 

 

Old Blewett Pass Highway

Map & Directions

Trailhead

Central Cascades -- Blewett Pass

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Cle Elum Ranger District

Guidebooks & Maps

100 Best Cross-country Ski Trails in Washington (Vicki Spring and Tom Kirkendall)

Green Trails Maps Liberty No. 210

Getting There

Drive north on Highway 97 from Cle Elum (it changes names to 970). At 7 miles from the junction of Highways 97 and 970, pass the Mineral Springs Resort. In another 3 miles, on the left, find the Old Blewett Pass Highway sign. In winter, park at the Swauk Campground Sno-Park, being sure to have a Sno-Parks permit.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Sno-Parks Permit
 

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