“Thanks to a tip from Dave Jaecks, we skated many lovely miles on perfectly groomed roads off Blewett Pass today. I believe they groomed it Thursday.”
Snowmobiles and Nordic Skiing: The groomed trails Mark is referring to are part of the groomed snowmobile system starting at Blewett Pass. Cross country skiers are allowed on these snowed-over roads that are groomed, but on weekends the roads can be busy with snowmobiles moving at moderate speeds. The experience of using the groomed snowmobile trails is far more enjoyable for Nordic skiers (and safer for everyone) if skiers use them on weekdays rather than weekends. On this slow-to-get-going snow year, we’re not sure how busy the trails were on Saturday when Mark skated them – snowmobilers, like Nordic skiers, may be unaware that Blewett Pass has enough snow on the roads to operate.
Access: From the Y junction at Highway 2, drive 21 miles south on Highway 97 to Blewett Pass.
Parking: Park at Blewett Pass on the east side of Highway. A Sno-Park Permit is needed to park here. The Sno-Park permit pays for the plowing of the parking lots and the grooming of the trails of a statewide system of snowmobile and Nordic trails. If you don’t have a pass, you can park for free 0.6 miles north of the pass at the highest pullout that connects to the Tronsen Meadows non-motorized area. This is a small pullout capable of handling several cars. The Tronsen Meadows system does not allow motorized used and is not groomed.
Grooming schedule: To see when the trails around Blewett Pass were last groomed, or when they are scheduled to be groomed next, go to the State Parks’ page and scroll down to get the grooming schedule.
Difficulty: Advanced skating. Intermediate classic skiing.
Trip Instructions: The trails leaving Blewett Pass (elevation 4,100 feet) climb steadily for 3.5 miles before coming to an intersection (el 4,890 ft). Here you can:
- branch left and continue climbing another 1.6 miles to a pass (el 5,610 ft) on the south side of Diamond Head and then ski gently descending terrain for 3 miles to Haney Meadows (el. 5480 ft)
- branch right and travel various trail options that descend seven to eight miles to the old mining site of Liberty (el. 2,750 ft).
Map 1: Of the groomed snowmobile trail system at Blewett Pass.
Map 2: of the ungroomed non-motorized trail system that’s less than a mile north of Blewett Pass at Tronsen Meadows. Nordic skiers can use several pullouts accessing this system. The pullouts can be used free of charge.
Leave It Better Than You found It. This should be every user’s goal. Pick up trash left by others, pull noxious weeds along your route, disperse old fire rings, throw branches over unwanted spur trails…
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Note: This article was initially posted on 12/26/09.