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Old Pass Hill

Central Cascades > Blewett Pass
47.3317, -120.6423 Map & Directions
Length
6.5 miles, one-way
Highest Point
4885 feet
Views are expansive from the summit of Old Pass Hill. Photo by johnwporter.
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Summits

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Sno-Parks Permit

Old Pass Hill is located between Old Blewett Pass and Blewett Pass. The route offers beautiful panoramas of the Teanaway peaks Tronsen Ridge, but even with a decent snow pack, the slide alder that grows on disused logging roads can add difficulty to a trip to the summit. Like nearby Cairn Hill, this peak is on the exposed east side of the Cascades, so it's best to avoid on particularly cold days. Continue reading

Rating
2.00 out of 5

Hiking Old Pass Hill

Old Pass Hill is located between Old Blewett Pass and Blewett Pass. The route offers beautiful panoramas of the Teanaway peaks Tronsen Ridge, but even with a decent snow pack, the slide alder that grows on disused logging roads can add difficulty to a trip to the summit. Like nearby Cairn Hill, this peak is on the exposed east side of the Cascades, so it's best to avoid on particularly cold days.

It's best to begin from the Blewett Pass Sno-Park and then cross the highway (carefully of course). That way your car is off the highway, and protected from other traffic. Once across the road, look for the route, which follows Scotty Creek Road (Road 7324). Take this trail, groomed for snowmobiles and hike just under a half mile, where you will join the cross-country ski or snowshoe trail.

Stay on this road, passing Cairn Hill to the left. After three miles you will reach a saddle on Old Pass Hill. At this point, simply remember to always choose the high roads, which will eventually lead you to the summit. On the way, you'll enjoy views of the surrounding areas, including the Enchantments and, if you're lucky, a peek at Mount Stuart. Blue blazes on the trees alongside the trail should also help you navigate, but do be sure to refer to your map if you are unsure.

Because this route may have unstable snow, travelers should always be fully equipped with avalanche gear, and should always check the conditions before heading out.

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Old Pass Hill

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.3317, -120.6423 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Sno-Parks Permit

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Getting There

From I-90, head east to exit 106, and take highway 97 North to Wenatchee. Look for the Blewett Pass Sno-Park, marked on the west side of the road.

More Hike Details

Trailhead

Central Cascades > Blewett Pass

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Cle Elum Ranger District

Guidebooks & Maps

Green Trails Liberty No. 210

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Old Pass Hill

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