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Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) - Stampede Pass to Windy Pass

Snoqualmie Region

Location

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass
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Length

12.0 miles, one-way

Elevation

Highest Point: 4500 ft.

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

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This is a 12-mile traverse of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) that makes a great warm-up thru-hike for the full PCT, or a nice overnight backpacking trip. 

From Stampede Pass, set out on the Pacific Crest Trail heading north, passing through Dandy Pass at two miles, and after another two miles, arrive at Stirrup Lake. This is another great location for a short backpacking trip, if this long traverse is a bit much. 

Continuing past Stirrup Lake, it's another two miles to Twilight Lake and Yakima Pass. This small, quiet lake near the North Fork of the Cedar River is a wonderful respite or stopping point for lunch, before you climb up to Mirror and Cottonwood Lakes and the more heavily-trafficked section of the PCT. Many hikers access the trail between Mirror Lake and Windy Pass from the north as a day hike, so prepare yourself to see a few more folks along this section.

If you're a peakbagger, you won't want to miss Silver Peak, just a couple miles before you finish the traverse at Windy Pass. It's a bit of a haul, so allow time for the climb, but the view from the top is absolutely superb. 

 

Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) - Stampede Pass to Windy Pass

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.2832, -121.3514 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Snoqualmie Ranger District and Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Cle Elum Ranger District

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Getting There

To get to Stampede Pass: It is exactly 4.5 miles from I-90 to Stampede Pass. Neither the pass nor the parking lot are marked, so keep a sharp eye. If you start heading downhill and see a small lake on your left you have gone too far. The parking area holds five cars easily.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

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Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) - Stampede Pass to Windy Pass

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