Big Chief Mountain

Skykomish, Washington

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Big Chief Mountain is the high point of the ridge radiating northeast from Tyee–Mill Creek saddle at Stevens Pass ski area. A brief passage through the ski area elevates the backcountry skier above the din onto open slopes and gladed forest to brief solitude and lofty views of Jim Hill Mountain. Difficulties: High avalanche potential; snowboarders need snowshoes.
100 Classic Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Routes in Washington

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100 Classic Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Routes in Washington

by Rainer Burgdorfer (The Mountaineers Books)

Big Chief Mountain is the high point of the ridge radiating northeast from Tyee–Mill Creek saddle at Stevens Pass ski area. A brief passage through the ski area elevates the backcountry skier above the din onto open slopes and gladed forest to brief solitude and lofty views of Jim Hill Mountain. Difficulties: High avalanche potential; snowboarders need snowshoes.

©  Rainer Burgdorfer/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding
Nearby City: Skykomish
Distance: 7
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 6 hours
Season: Best November to April
Trailhead Elevation: 4,060 feet
Top Elevation: 5,858 feet
Local Maps: USGS Labyrinth Mountain, Stevens Pass
Topo Map: Big Chief Mountain Topographic Map
Guide Book: 100 Classic Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Routes in Washington Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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