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Ian B.
(IDBLOOM) - MLife

Locale: PNW
Snoqualmie Pass? on 09/24/2013 12:10:39 MDT Print View

I'm going to ride a 50 mile section of the John Wayne Trail this coming weekend. The plan is to car camp the first night but we're not all that interested in staying at a campground like Denny Creek or Lake Easton State Park. If memory serves, there are a couple forest service roads accessible from I-90.

Any of you 206ers have a lead on a legal spot in that area for stealth camping near Snoqualmie Pass summit (give or take 15 miles)?

Kris Sherwood
(Tuskadero) - F

Locale: Washington State
Re: Snoqualmie Pass? on 09/24/2013 13:14:11 MDT Print View

Just east of the pass take the exit to Lake Kachess and head north. There are lots of spots off of the roads back in there to camp.

Ian B.
(IDBLOOM) - MLife

Locale: PNW
Re: Re: Snoqualmie Pass? on 09/24/2013 14:11:50 MDT Print View

Thanks Kris we'll check that area out. From looking at Google maps, appears there might be a road across the interstate from the ski resort which will take us out to the boondocks as well.

Though about just taking it in a mile or so down the PCT but wouldn't want to subject any of the hikers to our Friday night buffoonery.

pack nwcurt
(curtpeterson) - M

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Snoqualmie Pass? on 09/26/2013 08:58:21 MDT Print View

Ian,

There are a couple camping pads right along the Iron Horse Trail. Tent pads, toilets - very lux for the backpacker, actually. Not sure exactly where, but I'll bet Ranger Google would know. I know there's at least one between the Pass and Rattlesnake.

What's your total route? Easton to Rattlesnake? Just curious. I live right by Rattlesnake and have been toying with a trip along the Iron Horse for awhile. I've dayhiked chunks of it, but mostly to get to other locations that shoot off of it. I'd love to do a Columbia River-to-home trip. Kind of want to walk it, actually, but I also think it's time to start playing around more with bikepacking so might got that route first.

Definitely post up a quick report! I'd love to hear your experience. Not a typical backpacking trail for sure, but lots of possibilities for longer distances and shoulder-winter season walks or bikes for sure.

Have fun!

Ian B.
(IDBLOOM) - MLife

Locale: PNW
Re: Snoqualmie Pass? on 09/26/2013 15:53:56 MDT Print View

We looked at a couple of those campground but decided to car camp out in the woods somewhere so we could act like crazed monkeys without disturbing other campers.

You nailed the route; Easton to Rattlesnake. We're looking at setting up our bikes for bikepacking but don't have all of the gear yet. They're missing the lightweight shelters and sleep systems while I'm missing frame/handlebar bag et al. Figured this would be a nice day trip and we'll buy work on getting the gear this winter.

I'll do a TR in the BPL Bikepacking section when we return even though we're slackpacking it.

Ian B.
(IDBLOOM) - MLife

Locale: PNW
Re: Re: Snoqualmie Pass? Not this weekend! on 09/27/2013 09:37:35 MDT Print View

A lot of chatter among the bloggers this morning.

http://cliffmass.blogspot.com/2013/09/unusual-early-season-heavy-rainfall.html

Seeing how the rain clouds like to hang out between North Bend and the summit, this is starting to sound like type 3 fun. My guess is that area will be above 6"

Edited by IDBLOOM on 09/27/2013 09:38:17 MDT.

pack nwcurt
(curtpeterson) - M

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Snoqualmie Pass? on 09/27/2013 16:26:17 MDT Print View

Good call! We get a ton of rain out here - more than double Seattle even though it's only 30 miles East. An inch in a day is a lot - non-stop rain all day. I'm hearing 5-6 inches on the West slopes and up to 8 inches in places! Isn't that a hurricane dumpage?

Anybody camping on this half of the state will be floating away it sounds. Next weekend looks much better - hope you are able to reschedule it soon.

Ian B.
(IDBLOOM) - MLife

Locale: PNW
Re: Snoqualmie Pass? on 09/27/2013 16:32:08 MDT Print View

Yeah when I saw rain in the forecast, I didn't think much of it. Figured it'd be typical North Bend rain.

Put on your PFD and hold! I'm going to hold my breath throughout the weekend and hope we don't lose any more highways to mudslides.