Snowshed Head: unexpectedly interesting
Ian and I parked at the south end of Gold Creek Sno Park, where a
Subaru stands out among all the snowmobile exhaust and beefy trucks.
The first few miles on the road was snowmobile territory. We left
that behind when we took the right fork of the road toward Resort
Creek Pond. Right before the pond we left the road and skied up to
the northwest ridge of Snowshed Head.
Snowshed Head is right above the troublesome section of I-90 that has
all the avalanche closures. There are a lot of interesting things to
see up there like winches (for transporting the explosives?), a tree
house (for avalanche control personnel to sleep in?), and a storage box
for explosives (kind of like a bear box except it keeps people out).
There are also many areas with good views of the Snoqualmie Pass peaks
and mountains to the south and east.
After taking a long lunch and enjoying the views from the top, we
skied down the SE ridge back to the road. This was a decent ski.
We followed the road back to Resort Creek Pond and reached the pond
just in time to see a DOT cat come down the road that leads to the top
of Snowshed Head. The descent from the pond back to the cars was fun
because the road is steep enough to keep a decent speed, but stressful
because we had to keep a watch on our tails for snowmobiles.
All in all it was a fun, lazy, and interesting day.
Elevation gain: approx. 1,330 feet
Trip type: backcountry ski
USGS quad: Stampede Pass
In: Yakima Valley
Car-to-car time: 6 hours 15 minutes
- 32 minutes driving there from Capitol Hill to North Bend
- 33 minutes driving there from North Bend to Gold Creek Sno Park
- 3 hours 27 minutes ascending from Gold Creek Sno Park to top of Snowshed Head
- 2 hours 28 minutes descending from top of Snowshed Head to Gold Creek Sno Park
Snowshed Head tower
Danger, explosives storage area
Shed on Snowshed Head
Platform on Snowshed Head
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