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Wenatchee Crest Snowshoe (Blewett Pass)

Central Cascades

Location

Central Cascades -- Blewett Pass
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Length

6.0 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 4500 ft.

Rating

4.18 out of 5

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Sno-Parks Permit
 
 

The Wenatchee Crest near Blewett Pass is an ideal entry-level snowshoe, thanks to its modest elevation gain and panoramic views from the ridgetop. And even with such an easily accessible trailhead, the crowds are often minimal.

Starting at the north end of the parking area, the route follows Forest Road 800, climbing moderately through forest to a junction half a mile up. Take the left-hand fork to continue along the ridge; the right hand fork drops down into Scotty Creek.

Beyond the junction the road levels out as it meanders along the north side of the ridge dividing Scotty Creek and Swauk Creek, sometimes near the crest, other times traversing shady basins. The forest is mostly fir and hemlock with scattered western larch, looking bare without their needles. Along the way there are numerous clearcuts with views out to Tronson Ridge, the Peshastin Creek Valley, and back to Diamond Head.

Continuing another mile, the road makes a sharp bend to the left and traverses toward Point 4411 with views of the Stuarts and an occasional glimpse of Mount Rainier. After another quarter of a mile, just past the point, come to a large clearcut with an unobstructed panorama of the Teanaway Mountains and the entire Stuart Range - all the way from Miller Peak to the Peshastin Valley. This makes a good lunch stop and turnaround point.

Extend Your Route: Continue on to a saddle where the road forks again. Take the left fork for nicer views. Either way, return to your starting point by the same way you came.

 

Wenatchee Crest Snowshoe (Blewett Pass)

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.3357, -120.5804 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Central Cascades -- Blewett Pass

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Cle Elum Ranger District

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Guidebooks & Maps

Snowshoe Routes: Washington (Nelson - Mountaineers Books)

Green Trails Liberty No. 210

Getting There

Take Highway 97 from either Wenatchee (heading south) or Cle Elum/Ellensburg area (heading north) to Blewett Pass.

Park in the Sno-Park lot on the northbound side of the road in Blewett Pass. Cross the highway, and walk north (right). A road heads into the woods going to a shed where grooming equipment is kept. The road becomes trail quickly; there is no formal trailhead.

Please park courteously, allowing space for snowmobilers to load trailers at the end of their ride. In addition, grooming equipment needs a lane to exit the north lot and cross the highway. This Sno-Park can be very busy on weekends, especially later in the season when snow is melting at lower elevations.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Sno-Parks Permit
 

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Wenatchee Crest Snowshoe (Blewett Pass)

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