|Doerte and Dave Schuldt doing some kick and glide on the Iron Horse Trail after the descent from Stampede Pass.||
Stampede Pass Ski Tour 3,700'
Wenatchee National Forest
January 29, 2006
I had always wanted to ski to Stampede Pass and
visit the historic Meany Ski Lodge. I managed to get Doerte, Beck, and Dave
to agree it might be fun. Since it was on a groomed surface we took our
Soon the road divides. The right is road 5484. We stayed left with Road 54
as it swings east, starting the long climb to Stampede Pass. To access the
Mountaineers Meany Hut, take the very next left. This was actually are
destination, but we were not aware of this turn. Here is the may we didn't
There are lots of nice glades to ski, but one has to weave among the snowmobiles in most cases. Other than the weekends and holidays this area might be okay. Greg Balco reports, "I often skate ski in that area on weekday mornings, on the ski-doo roads up to Stampede Pass itself and to Lost Lake. Not many snow machines early on a Tuesday, and often you catch the nice grooming before anyone has a chance to mess it up. It's possible to skate for essentially unlimited distances, the size of the groomed ski-doo trail system is amazing."
Legend has it that Stampede Pass got its name because in the early 1880's, while the railroad was being constructed, a new foreman arrived who promised to work everyone much harder and get the most out of them. The entire crew quit on the spot and stampeded back to Seattle!
Meany Hut History-
In 1927 the Mountaineers Club president, Edmond S. Meany donated 54 acres of land southwest of Martin to the club for a ski hut. Martin was the railroad station at the east end of the Northern Pacific tunnel near Stampede Pass and the area where the Hut was built was originally the site of Tunnel City, the construction camp during the building of the Stampede Pass Tunnel. The Stampede Pass location was chosen to permit ski tours along the cascade crest from Snoqualmie Pass to Mt. Rainier. Although somewhat lower than Snoqualmie Pass, the eastern Cascade slope usually affords drier snow and better skiing. Meany Ski Hut was dedicated in 1928. It has since been enlarged at least twice.
Ski Patrol Race by Lowell Skoog -
Thanks to Lowell Skoog and Gregg Lobdell.
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