Mountaineers snowshoe trip to Haney Meadows. While we avoided a steep gully below Diamond Head our route took us on an exciting steep slope at 3 miles. Much of the forest in this area now suffers from the fires of September 2012.
Participants include Nicole Hansen (leader), Sherry Kytonen, Lisa Grayson, Teresa Wittmann, Terry Schwartz, and Tom Cushing. Much thanks to Tom Cushing for sharing his navigation skills with the team.
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Reference: Green Trails Liberty, WA No. 210. Snowshoe Routes Washington, by Dan A. Nelson, No. 69 Haney Meadow Loop Snowshoe.
When you want solitude and serenity without a lot of uphill effort, the Haney Meadow Loop is a great option. The route doesn’t soar up onto high, windswept viewpoints, but it does roll through a plethora of open meadows, dark forests, and a few low ridges that sport modest views. What’s more, you’ll find a great diversity of plants and animals to examine and enjoy along the way, and you’ll likely have all or part of the route to yourself. From a trailhead shared by snowmobilers, skiers, dogsledders, and snowshoers, you can venture out and in a couple hours be off by yourself exploring untracked snow.
To get there, from Seattle, drive east on Interstate 90 to Cle Elum. Take the second (eastern-most) exit, and continue northeast on State Route 970 about 12 miles to a junction with U.S. Highway 97. Continue north on US 97 (following signs to Wenatchee). At the crest of Blewett Pass, about 27 miles from I-90, turn right (south) into the Blewett Pass Sno-Park.
Trailhead GPS coordinates (47.3349,-120.5808)
Sno Park permit required.
6.58 miles, 2275 ft. gain, 6 hrs 51 min.