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Palouse to Cascades Trail - Lake Keechelus

Snoqualmie Region


Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass
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4.0 miles, roundtrip


Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 2500 ft.


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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Discover Pass, Sno-Parks Permit

For a nice location in the Central Cascades, try the Palouse to Cascades Trail along the western shore of Lake Keechelus. It can be hiked in any season but is a treat for new snowshoers during the winter, especially if it has been recently groomed. Because of its easy accessibility, it can often get crowded on nicer days.

From the Sno-Park, head south on the trail towards the lake (You will need a Sno-Park permit to park here in the winter). The trail is the former route of the Milwaukee Railroad, so it’s generally level and smooth. Take care to stick to the outer edges of the trail to avoid treading on the groomed ski tracks.

Views along the way are forest on the uphill side and open on the lakeshore side, with a great outlook over the frozen lake and up to Rampart and Keechelus Ridges. At 2 miles you’ll come to the base of a large avalanche chute. This makes a good turnaround point.


Palouse to Cascades Trail - Lake Keechelus

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 47.3915, -121.3923 Open map in new window


Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Cle Elum Ranger District

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Guidebooks & Maps

Snowshoe Routes: Washington (Nelson - Mountaineers Books)

Buy the Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass No. 207 map

Getting There

From Seattle, drive east on Interstate 90 to exit 54 for Hyak. At the end of the exit ramp, turn right onto WA-906 and then an almost immediate left to stay on WA-906. Continue about 0.4 miles and turn right. The Hyak Sno-Park will be on your right.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Discover Pass, Sno-Parks Permit

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Palouse to Cascades Trail - Lake Keechelus

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