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Paddy-Go-Easy Pass

Snoqualmie Region

Location

Snoqualmie Region -- Salmon La Sac/Teanaway
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Length

6.0 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 2560 ft.
Highest Point: 6080 ft.

Rating

3.40 out of 5

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WTA worked here: 2012
 

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None
 
 

A relentless but scenic climb, the trail up to Paddy-Go-Easy Pass is often used to access scrambling routes on nearby peaks, or further adventures beyond the pass. On its own, the Paddy-Go-Easy Pass trail offers views of Tucquala Lake and Mount Daniel as well as the Cradle and mountain ranges to the east.

The trail begins on the east end of the parking area, and doesn’t stop climbing until you reach the pass. For the first mile, the trail crosses drainages that range from trickling streams to muddy expanses. Tall trees tower over dense brush that sometimes encroaches on the trail. Pass into the Alpine Lakes Wilderness at 0.75 miles, and continue to climb through the quiet forest. This trail doesn’t see a lot of traffic because it is mostly used to access other trails in the backcountry. 

1.5 miles in, the trail turns rocky and steep before beginning a series of short, exposed switchbacks. There are no water sources after the first quarter mile, and the grassy hillsides can be hot during the day, so plan accordingly. The views here can not be overstated.

Now, you can see where you climbed from: a deep, green valley with a river widening into meadows and lakes. To the west, seemingly endless evergreen forests rise above the basin. Breathtaking views of Mount Daniel with an almost-camouflaged Cathedral Rock appear to the northwest as you continue to climb the hillside.

The last half mile is sometimes very rocky, tucked between rusty red mountain peaks and twisted trees. At 3 miles, The Cradle comes into view, and you know you’ve arrived at Paddy-Go-Easy Pass after the “No Campfires” sign on a tree. Here, you can take in layers of mountain ranges as far east as The Enchantments while you catch your breath. To return to the trailhead, go back down the way you came up.

To extend your trip, continue to follow the trail down to Sprite Lake (less than a half mile down depending on the boot path you choose), or connect with Meadow Creek or French Creek trails.

 

Paddy-Go-Easy Pass

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.5329, -121.0826 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Snoqualmie Region -- Salmon La Sac/Teanaway

Paddy-Go-Easy Pass (#1595.1)

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Cle Elum Ranger District

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Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking: Snoqualmie Pass (Nelson & Bauer, Mountaineers Books)

Alpine Lakes Wilderness: The Complete Hiking Guide (Nathan Barnes & Jeremy Barnes, Mountaineers Books)

Pacific Northwest Hiking (Scott Leonard & Sean Patrick Hill, Moon Outdoors)

Getting There

From Seattle: take I-90 East to exit 80 toward Roslyn/Suncadia. Turn left onto Bullfrog Road. Drive 2.1 miles, at the traffic circle, take the first exit to continue on Bullfrog Road. Drive another 0.7 miles, continue straight through the traffic circle onto WA-903 N.

From Ellensburg: take I-90 West to exit 84 toward Cle Elum. Turn right onto Oakes Ave, follow for a 0.5 mile, then turn left onto W 2nd St/WA-903 N. Drive 2.2 miles and take the first exit at the traffic circle to stay on WA-903 N.

Continue through Roslyn, then turn left onto W Nevada Ave/WA-903 N. Follow the road right as it becomes N 7th St/WA-903 N. Continue for 14.8 miles until the end of the maintained road. Take a slight right onto Cle Elum Valley Rd/NF-4330. The rest of the drive is on a gravel road with varying conditions, and those with low clearance vehicles should take caution. Continue past all turn offs, and slow down through private land and campground areas. At 9 miles, Scatter Creek flows over the road and could be impassable earlier in the year. 

At 11.3 miles, turn right into the parking area, signed “Paddy-Go-Easy Pass”. Room for about 7 vehicles.

No bathroom or trash facilities. Wilderness Permit box is located just beyond parking area.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None
 

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