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Windy Pass - Mount Catherine Snowshoe

Snoqualmie Region

Location

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass
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Length

12.0 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 2450 ft.
Highest Point: 5052 ft.

Rating

2.50 out of 5

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Sno-Parks Permit
 
 

This snowshoe route to Windy Pass and Mount Catherine is part of the Snoqualmie Nordic Center trail system. You will need a sno-park pass to park and a trail ticket to use these trails. 

Starting from the Hyak Sno-Park head out on Forest Road 9070, also called the Cold Creek Trail. Continue on this road for about 4.5 miles to Windy Pass given favorable avalanche conditions since the road does pass beneath steep slopes at times. 

From Windy Pass you can carry on to Mount Catherine if you have the winter travel skills and avalanche awareness to navigate to the summit safely. You will have to leave the road here and follow the ridge east for about 1.5 miles to Mount Catherine. 

If the summit is not your goal, turn around here and head back along the road to your car. 

 

Windy Pass - Mount Catherine Snowshoe

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.3912, -121.3921 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Cle Elum Ranger District

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Guidebooks & Maps

Green Trails: Snoqualmie Pass No. 207

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Getting There

Park at the Hyak Sno-Park. Regardless of your direction of travel, take exit 54 from I-90. If heading eastbound, turn right at the end of the off-ramp. If heading westbound head left at the end of the off-ramp. You’ll quickly arrive at a stop sign. Turn left here and go about one eighth of a mile then turn right into the Hyak Sno-Park.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Sno-Parks Permit
 

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Windy Pass - Mount Catherine Snowshoe

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