Nordic Pass Trail

MODERATE 4 reviews

Nordic Pass Trail is a 7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Snoqualmie Pass, Washington that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for cross country skiing and snowshoeing and is best used from December until March. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1624 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

cross country skiing

snowshoeing

forest

lake

views

wildlife

snow

snowshoeing
3 months ago

This was a tricky snowshoe hike. After veering off Snoqualmie Drive, we had to cross a narrow creek (one of many) with tricky crossings. With recent heavy wet snow storms, most of the saplings and small evergreens were bowed over along with a few downed trees making snowshoeing difficult. We had to meander around them while also avoiding tree wells and snow bombs. We potholed for a good mile since we were the first since in awhile and got lost for about an hour looking for the blue markers which were spotty sometimes partially because they were shrouded by snow bowed or fallen trees. It was fine after we were able to follow ski tracks about 1 mile in. We didn't get to Nordic Pass, since it was getting late and were honestly exhausted but did have a nice lunch at Hyak Lake. Despite all the downs, we had a fun hike nonetheless. There were some great forest views especially of the lake and the falls along Hyak Creek. We'd do it again knowing all the trials and tribulation but maybe not to soon.

snowshoeing
Monday, March 20, 2017

My wife, three friends and I snowshoed from Hyak to Nordic Pass. The weather was sunny. The temperature was 33 degrees in the shade in the morning and 55 degrees in the sun in the afternoon. The snow was hard in the morning and soft in the afternoon. At 8 miles round trip this was the longest snowshoeing trip we have ever done. Although we were tired, this was a beautiful late season snowshoeing. We did not see very many people. We saw a lot of people in the nearby ski area.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
4 months ago