You will see Kendall Peak to the northwest, Rampart Ridge to the east, Alta Mountain on the northeast and Chikamin Ridge to the north. Snowshoe north onto Forest Service road 142 to enter the east side of the valley. This valley is about one mile wide and narrows as you proceed up the east side of Gold Creek. Part of this route travels through private residential property in Ski-Tur Valley.
Avalanche slide paths are on either side of the valley off the Kendall Peak area on the west or Rampart Ridge area on the east. Try to stay in the middle of the valley as much as possible or follow the creek up the valley. You will find a good turnaround point as the valley narrows at approximately 3.5 miles at the creek. Snowmobile use is limited to Ski Tur Valley residents.
At a Glance
Take Exit 54 off I-90. Go north under overpass a few hundred yards and turn right onto Forest Service road 4832 and head east approximately one mile paralleling the westbound lanes of I-90. Park along the shoulders of the road near the small bridge, which is over the outlet of Mardee Lake as it goes into Lake Keechelus.
This snowshoe route is neither marked nor maintained. Always carry the 10 essentials and have good route-finding skills when venturing into the backcountry. Call ahead for the D.O.T. Road Report at 511 and for avalanche conditions at the Northwest Avalanche Center, 206-526-6677.
Try Summit at Snoqualmie Nordic Center at Exit 54 for groomed, marked and maintained snowshoe trails. Call them at 425-434-6708 for more information.