Snoqualmie Pass is a major winter and summer recreational area bordered in part by the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest and the Wenatchee National Fores, home to the Community of Snoqualmie Pass and the largest ski resort area in the state. The dividing line of King and Kittitas Counties passes through the community at The Summit. Snoqualmie Pass draws hundreds of thousands of visitors annually, many to sample the wilderness beauty, travel the national forest trails, and a growing number who participate in the ever expanding recreational activities:
Snoqualmie: People of the Moon
Elevation: 3022 feet at the Summit
Bi-County Community of 250 full time residents
Major industry: Outdoor Recreation
Down hill and Cross Country skiing
Backpacking and Hiking
Four major Ski Areas: Alpental, Summit West, Summit Central, Summit East
Snoqualmie Pass, elevation 3,022 feet, on I-90, is the lowest and most heavily traveled east-west highway crossing in Washington state. It is one of the state's two east-west highways with mountain passes open year-round. The other is Stevens Pass Highway, US 2.
Snoqualmie Pass offers easy access to a variety of recreational opportunities including hiking, backpacking, skiing, snowboarding and cross-country skiing. The pass is crossed by the popular Pacific Crest Trail, which runs from Canada to Mexico. Other trailheads abound at the Pass or along its approaches. Several ski areas populate the pass, with shuttle buses between ski areas. The winter visitor will find numerous condos and vacation rentals available for lodging as well as the popular ski resorts.
These numerous trailheads, ski slopes and the easy year-around access from Seattle and its suburbs makes the Snoqualmie Pass area a popular summer and winter recreational site for residents of Western Washington and the Puget Sound.
Favorite thing: The Kendall Peak Lodge is located 60 minutes east of Seattle, Washington, nestled in an area known for natural scenic beauty; featuring rugged mountainous terrain for hiking, skiing or mountain biking, raging rivers for fishing and water sports, a wonderful selection of golf courses, and for the less adventurous, many fine specialty shops through which to browse. Snoqualmie Pass is the gateway to many year round recreational activities, with access to the Alpine Wilderness, Pacific Crest Trail north and south, and other popular hiking trails.