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Easy track/skate on Iron HorseTrail at Hyak

NOTE: Please remember when you RSVP to indicate if you are a driver or passenger.

Last time I scheduled this I did not get a lot of RSVPs so hoping more people will want to rally for this one!

Nordic or skate along the nearly flat groomed tracks of the Iron Horse trail (Hyak Sno-Park). There are a few snow shoe trails close by as well.

Plan: Ski out along the Iron Horse trail for about an hour and a half to two hours, stopping to enjoy the great views and take some photos, before turning around and heading back to the sno-park.

Meet at 8:30 am; departure by 8:45 am

Bring cash to reimburse your driver. Here's some guidance, but always confirm with your drivers as they may have a preference.

In terms of cost sharing, With everyone in the vehicle sharing:
using a figure of say $0.45 per mile, a round trip of 100 miles will cost $45 –
divided equally between four people in a carpool –
that is works out to $11.25 per rider paid to the driver. Rounding to the nearest dollar makes things a bit easier
Remember: In terms of per mile cost – you are helping pay for the drivers' sno–park permit, insurance, etc.

Parking information for drivers:
All cars must have a Washington State Sno-Parks permit with additional groomed skiing permit. It's recommended that you buy the two annual permits online
http://www.parks.wa.gov/winter/permits/ You can print out a temporary permit that is valid until you receive your permanent permit.
If you buy just a one-day permit, you must also display a Washington State Discover Pass.
It’s a much better deal to buy the two annual permits. A day Sno-Park permit plus day Discover Pass is $30.
An annual Sno-Park with groomed trails sticker is $80 for the season—no Discover Pass needed.
All of these permits and passes can be purchased at the trailhead, but it is better to get them in advance.

Equipment: Lightweight track gear (classic or skate)lunch/snacks, water, dress in layers and remember that you will warm up! Sunglasses, sun screen, and camera. A cozy pair of dry socks for the ride home will make your day!

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  • Mike B

    Went back up on Sunday and did Amabilis Mountain. 12K with a 2300ft. elevation change. It was long climb up and a fun ski down.

    April 3, 2012

  • Mike B

    fabulous snow and pleasant companions, what more can you ask for? :D

    April 1, 2012

  • Susan B

    We ended up at Cabin Creek because Hyak was closed. The conditions and the company were fantastic.

    April 1, 2012

  • Jerrie G.

    We ended up having to go to Cabin Creek. But in the end that was probably better. Perfect CC skiing conditions!! The snow, the weather, and the trails. In addition, great company! Thank you Mike and Susan for making it such an enjoyable Meetup!!

    March 31, 2012

  • Mike B

    Wow! what a fabulous day of nordic skiing we had. It was great meeting with like-minded people to do something we all enjoy. XC skiing is my first love and always will be. ;D

    March 31, 2012

  • Jerrie G.

    Sorry to hear that Heather, next time. Mike I will meet you guys at the coffee shop. Thanks, Jerrie

    March 31, 2012

  • Mike B

    Quick directions to the coffee shop: East on I-90 to Exit 25. Left at end of off-ramp and under the freeway. Up over the hill and down Snoqualmie Parkway (watch your speed) to fourth light. Left on Center and park on the street. The coffee shop is kitty-corner from where you are parked.

    March 31, 2012

  • Mike B

    Sorry to hear that RedHeather, that being the case then Jerrie - you are welcome to join us at SnoValley Coffee if you want to pool with us. My number is[masked] - and let it ring so it can follow me.

    March 31, 2012

  • Mike B

    Ok Susan, see you there. I think 8:30am would be a good time to meet.

    March 30, 2012

  • Jerrie G.

    Mike B, thanks for covering Susan for getting up there. We can meet you guys at Hyak to make it more convenient. RedHeather, I have room in my vehicle for one passenger. Will you be able to meet me at the Eastgate Park n Ride as planned at 8:30? I will be emailing attendees my phone number tomorrow evening. Thanks...

    March 29, 2012

  • Susan B

    Mike - I would like to ride with you. What time should I meet you at Snovalley Coffee? Susan [masked]

    March 29, 2012

  • Mike B

    Ok, I am a total newby to skate skiing. I live in Snoqualmie (exit 25 on I-90) and drive a white Toyota Landcruiser with a Sno-Park / Groomed Trail permit. I can take two or three passengers if you want to meet me at http://www.snovalleycoffee.com/. OR if you just want me to meet you in Hyak that is okay too. Let me know if you are riding with me.

    March 29, 2012

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