A Snoqualmie Pass Ski Resort Reverie / 史諾夸米山道滑雪場的遐想

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Snoqualmie Pass Ski Resort’s Summit West was once a Seattle city park. It’s also the closest ski area to the city. Today I went over the top of the ski slopes. Then I visited Snoqualmie Summit, Ski Acres Hill, and Mount Hyak.

Snoqualmie Summit above Snoqualmie Pass
Snoqualmie Summit above Snoqualmie Pass

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Snoqualmie Pass at a Glance

Environs = Snoqualmie Summit + Ski Acres Hill + Mount Hyak
周圍地區=史諾夸米山頂+滑雪地山丘+海耶克山

Access: Summit West Ski Area
Round Trip: 9 miles
Elevation Range: 3000′-4200′
Gear: snowshoes
Route Info: Mike Black
GPS Track: available
Dog-Friendly: yes

Snoqualmie Pass Ski Resort

We were last here five years ago. Back then, I experienced what it’s like to dodge skiers and snowboarders with two dogs. So, no more going through ski slopes when snow activities are underway!

I haven’t been able to make it to the area before it opens in winter. Though, to my surprise, they’ve closed the resort for the season. But with more snow this year, I thought it would stay open longer.

Summit West at Snoqualmie Pass
Summit West at Snoqualmie Pass

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Snoqualmie Pass: Snoqualmie Summit

Starting at 3000′ elevation meant Snoqualmie Summit was just 750′ higher. I chatted with two snow tubers at the bottom of the hill. Then with snowshoes on, I started going upslope in the early afternoon.

Snow had been in the sun for a good while. So it was a bit slushy lower down. But judging from the million tracks on the snowfield, many people were here over the weekend. Soon, I was at the top of the ski lift.

South Fork Snoqualmie River Valley
South Fork Snoqualmie River Valley

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Snoqualmie Summit Views

A couple of towers adorned the semi-woodsy summit, as well as a couple of small sheds. But to the west, I could still see into the South Fork Snoqualmie River Valley. Interstate 90 (I-90) sat right at the bottom of the cliffs.

Humpback Mountain and Granite Mountain rose above the I-90 corridor. Denny Mountain was just on the other side of the freeway. Then to the north was the stunning view of Snoqualmie Mountain and Guye Peak.

Denny Mountain
Denny Mountain

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Snoqualmie Pass: Ski Acres Hill

Ski Acres Hill was the tallest of my three goals. It’s also just 1.5 miles away. Later I crossed Pacific Crest Trail down on the south saddle. Then I went over the top of Wildside and down to the groomed trail.

From here to the top of Central Express was the most scenic. The view above I-90 to the northeast was continuous. Later I went back into the forest and went up toward Ski Acres Hill. Along the way, I walked past the snowy Divide Lake.

This way to Ski Acres Hill
This way to Ski Acres Hill

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Ski Acres Hill Summit

Right below the woodsy top was an opening. There I caught a glimpse of Kaleetan Peak, Chair Peak, and Snoqualmie Mountain. Then a short distance west through a slight dip was the summit. But only Granite Mountain was visible there.

I left after a short while. Then I followed ski tracks over to an opening on the eastern slopes just below the top. As I made my way down to Surveyors Lake, I saw Tinkham Peak, Silver Peak, and Mount Catherine.

Granite Mountain
Granite Mountain

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Snoqualmie Pass: Mount Hyak

I later made a brief stop by the northern end of Surveyors Lake. Then I shortcut southeast down to a road before Grand Junction. From there, the roadway slowly lowered. Despite being in the woods, mountain views were at every turn.

Soon, I came out into another open area at Mount Hyak’s northwest saddle. More tracks had made their way up here from Summit East. Glad people were out and about enjoying the day!

Keechelus Lake just south of Snoqualmie Pass
Keechelus Lake just south of Snoqualmie Pass

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Mount Hyak Summit Views

It was a slog up to the top. The warm day had turned the snow into slush. So it was challenging to keep a steady footing in the soft snow. Before long, I reached the unimpressive high point of Mount Hyak.

Of all three summits, this one was at the best vantage point. It was incredibly scenic to the north. But the sheer wall of Rampart Ridge above Gold Creek Valley was even more impressive.

Gold Creek Valley panoramic view
Gold Creek Valley panoramic view

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Outro

I enjoyed the scenery and watched a few skiers coming and leaving. Then I slowly made my way down the crest. Alas, it was hard to leave the views behind. But I still had to make my way back to Summit West!

There wasn’t a good way to go back to the car. So I scrambled in the woods to the connector trail to Summit Central. From there, it was rolling terrain to the top of Summit West. Then I aimed straight for the parking lot.

Finding my way home
Finding my way home

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