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Pipe Creek Loop Snowshoe

Central Cascades > Blewett Pass
47.3315, -120.6120 Map & Directions
4.1 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
900 feet
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Fresh tracks in deep powder on Pipe Creek Loop. Photo by ejain. Full-size image
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Rivers

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Take this 4-mile trek along an old forest road, to peek-a-boo views of the Teanaway ridges and quiet forest. Continue reading

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Hiking Pipe Creek Loop Snowshoe

Pipe Creek Loop is a non-motorized sno-park located a few miles south of Blewett Pass. Trails leave the lot in two directions allowing for loop trips, but the short lollipop loop to Diamond Head Viewpoint makes a nice intermediate snowshoe outing.

Begin by heading back towards the entrance  of the sno-park. To your left, just over a snow berm, the trail begins. If people have not been here before you, you may be blazing the trail. Look for blue diamonds on the trees and signs at intervals to guide your way, but also be sure to have a map and a general idea of your route. 

Drop down along the route, paralleling the highway briefly before turning left into the woods and beginning to climb. Cross a gate, and continue up an old road. It's 2.1 miles up this forest road as you parallel Pipe Creek. Occasionally, it is possible to hear it burbling, but for the most part the forest is quiet, particularly if snow is newly fallen, which mutes your snowshoes. 

At a junction 2.1 miles in, your route proceeds straight ahead (or to the left, if you want to do the lollipop in reverse). To the right at this junction, it's possible to head west towards the Swauk Campground or Dunning Ranch Trail. Either are longer undertakings than this short jaunt, but worthy destinations for another day. 

Continue on, and in less than a quarter mile arrive at the best view of the day, a little window peeking through the trees at Diamond Head. Snap some photos here and have a snack before heading on around the rest of the loop. Three-quarters of the way through the loop, you may arrive at a T-intersection (depending on what the cross-country skiers have been up to). Here, hang a left to complete the loop and return to the first intersection you arrived at. From here, return the way you came. 

Hike Description Written by
Anna Roth, WTA Staff

Pipe Creek Loop Snowshoe

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 47.3315, -120.6120 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Sno-Parks Permit

WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

From I-90, take exit 85 for Highway 97/970. Turn right onto Highway 10 heading east, and then left onto 970. 10 miles from exist 85, connect with Highway 97, and drive 12.5 miles to the Sno-Park, found on the right side of the highway.

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Central Cascades > Blewett Pass

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Cle Elum Ranger District

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