Windy Pass and Mount Catherine

Hyak, Washington

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As you approach Snoqualmie Pass while driving east on Interstate 90, you notice a large forested mountain straight ahead. As you near its base, the road swings north in a large loop through the pass, then back south along Keechelus Lake before turning east once more. That big, forested mountain that pushed the highway on that northern jag is Mount Catherine, and snowshoers can explore its flanks and summit by trekking up the eastern side. Along the way, you’ll enjoy ample opportunities to experience wildlife, and some glorious views of the Snoqualmie Pass peaks.
Snowshoe Routes: Washington

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Snowshoe Routes: Washington

by Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)

As you approach Snoqualmie Pass while driving east on Interstate 90, you notice a large forested mountain straight ahead. As you near its base, the road swings north in a large loop through the pass, then back south along Keechelus Lake before turning east once more. That big, forested mountain that pushed the highway on that northern jag is Mount Catherine, and snowshoers can explore its flanks and summit by trekking up the eastern side. Along the way, you’ll enjoy ample opportunities to experience wildlife, and some glorious views of the Snoqualmie Pass peaks.

© 2015 Dan A. Nelson/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Snowshoeing
Nearby City: Hyak
Distance: 7.5
Elevation Gain: 2,300 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 7 hours
Season: December through late February
Local Contacts: Okanogan–Wenatchee National Forest, Cle Elum Ranger District
Local Maps: Green Trails: Snoqualmie Pass No. 207
Driving Directions: Directions to Windy Pass and Mount Catherine

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