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Windy Pass - Mount Catherine Snowshoe

Snoqualmie Region > Snoqualmie Pass
47.3912, -121.3921 Map & Directions
Length
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
2450 feet
Highest Point
5052 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Hard
Photo by garyw.
  • Wildlife
  • Summits
  • Dogs not allowed

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. Continue reading

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Hiking Windy Pass - Mount Catherine Snowshoe

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. 

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Windy Pass - Mount Catherine Snowshoe

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.3912, -121.3921 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Sno-Parks Permit

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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.

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Trailhead

Snoqualmie Region > Snoqualmie Pass

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Cle Elum Ranger District

Guidebooks & Maps

Green Trails: Snoqualmie Pass No. 207

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Windy Pass - Mount Catherine Snowshoe

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