Best John Wayne Pioneer Trail Cross Country Skiing

The 6th most popular XC Ski in Washington.

  Mt Baker National Forest, Washington, US


  July 22, 2016

East of Seattle, the 108 mile John Wayne Pioneer Trail follows the former roadbed of the Chicago-Milwaukee-St. Paul-Pacific Railroad stretching from the Cascades to the Idaho border. The 100-mile portion from Cedar Falls (near North Bend) to the Columbia River near Vantage is managed as Iron Horse State Park. This gravel surfaced trail is open to hikers, bikers, equestrians, and to snowmobiles and cross-country skiers in winter.

The route links the heavily populated Puget Sound region of western Washington over the Cascades to the more rural and agricultural lands of eastern Washington. This multi-use trail is an essential link in the emerging cross-state trail that will eventually connect Idaho to the Pacific Ocean.

A popular section stretches 28 miles from North Bend to the Snoqualmie Pass.

If you are looking for some apres ski in the North Bend area, check out the North Bend Bar and Grill.

Overall, John Wayne Pioneer Trail is the 6th most popular cross country ski area of all 15 Nordic ski destinations in Washington. Several of the better cross country ski trails are nearby John Wayne Pioneer Trail including Summit at Snoqualmie, Stevens Pass Resort and Kulshan Ridge.

Local Contacts:  MBSNF Mt. Baker Ranger District (206) 856-5700; WA Tourism (800) 544-1800

Best Season:  Jan. - Feb.

Average Difficulty:  Easy

Base Camp:  Goldmeyer Hot Springs CG

Luxury Loding:  Summit Inn, Snoqualmie (800) 557-STAY

Reference Source:  click here

GPS:  47.4745, -121.7452

Date Published:  12/30/2015

Date Updated:  7/22/2016

ID:  13382

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John Wayne Pioneer Trail Cross Country Skiing Map