NF-7030 to Stampede Pass

Greenwater, Washington (Pierce County)

Last Updated: 03/11/2019
4.9 /5 ( 10 reviews )
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Status: Open
Typically Open: 06/15 - 11/15
Permit Information: Permit Required - Click Here
Difficulty: 1-3
(EASY - MODERATE)
Length: 30.3 miles
Highest Elevation: 5400 feet
Duration: About 3 hours 20 minutes
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Greenwater
Nearest Town w/ Services: Enumclaw
Official Road Name: NF-7030, 52, 54
Management Agency: Mount Baker Snoqualime National Forest/
District: Naches Ranger District
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Highlights

Highlight: NF-7030 to Stampede Pass

Stampede Pass is a mountain pass through the Cascade Range just south of Snoqualmie Pass in Washington. Its importance to transportation lies almost entirely with railroading, as no paved roads cross it. The pass was originally created to build and maintain the railways that traveled in both directions across the Cascade Mountains in Washington State. This route will take you over over the pass on many different forest service roads. The roads are fairly well maintained and the pass can be completed by any suv or truck. The incredible views of Mount Rainier and the surrounding Cascade Mountian range makes this 30 mile trip well worth the time. The roads are wide enough for vehicles coming the opposite direction to pass.

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7 day forecast for NF-7030 to Stampede Pass

Route Information

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Recommended Vehicle:
Stock SUV with High Clearance and 4 Low
Concerns:
Summary:
Mostly a forest service road, as the winter weather sets in, there is a possibility of ice.

Technical Rating: 1-3
(EASY - MODERATE)

Typically, more rock or undulated road surface. Potential rocks and/or tree stumps less than 12" tall and/or vertical ledges less than 12" tall and/or near vertical ledges or waterfalls less than 24" inches. Tire placement becomes more difficult. Can be steep.

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Description

Stampede Pass is a mountain pass through the Cascade Range just North of Greewater, Washington. You can travel in both directions, (North and South) between Hwy 410 and I-90. It is comprised of many forest service roads (NF-7030, NF-7036, NF-7040, FS-52, FS-54, and FS-50). The roads are well maintained and easy to cross for any SUV or Truck. The views from the top are spectacular and make it well worth the 30 mile trip.

Waypoints

1. 7030 Trailhead (0.00 mi)

The start of your trip over Stampede pass starts by taking a left on NF-7030. The forest service road is clearly marked on the left side. Take a left at this point and start your journey on the gravel covered road.

2. Intersection with NF-110 (0.10 mi)

NF-110 is a 4x4 trail on the right side of the road. it travels up the side of the mountain up to the 3600 foot level and then connects with FS-70. Continue straight to cross Stampede Pass.

3. Intersection with Trail 310 on Left (0.50 mi)

On the left you will encounter FD-310 an overgrown road that was used for logging. Feel free to explore as I'm not sure how far or what it leads to.

4. Fork in the Road (3.60 mi)

At this point you will come to a T intersection in the road. If you go left you will continue on NF-7030. Taking a right will take you to Stampede pass on NF-7036. Take a right and continue to climb up the mountain.

5. Cascade Scenic Vista (4.20 mi)

As you climb up NF-7036 the road will look like it just ends and all you see is sky. Don't fear the road takes a sharp right turn at the top and all you see ahead is some of the most spectacular views of the surrounding cascade mountain range. Take some time to pull over and take some pictures and explore the area just below the road.

6. Mount Rainer Vista (4.80 mi)

After leaving the Cascade Scenic vista you will continue to climb. Do not put away your camera because the views only get better. As you crest the top of the hill start looking to your right. On a clear day you will be awed by the views of Majestic Mt. Rainier. It is so close it looks like you can just touch it. This is a great location to stop take some pictures. There is enough room to set up camp, have a campfire, and watch the sun set against amazing snow covered Mt. Rainier.

7. Intersection with unknown Road (5.30 mi)

On the left you will see road that travels up the hillside. Continue on the path to the right. Both roads goto the same location around the corner.

8. Intersection with unknown road (6.80 mi)

On the left you will encounter an unmarked road. From the maps this road looks like it only goes for apoximately half a mile and then stops. Stay to the right to continue over Stampede Pass.

9. Scenic Vista (7.40 mi)

As you crest the top of the mountain you will come to another scenic viewpoint where you can pull over and take some great pictures. There are a bunch of old trees that you can pull you rig up on and take some great pictures.

10. Unknown Road on Left (8.20 mi)

There is an unknown road on the left side of the road (Plans to map in the future). Continue to the right.

11. Intercection with unknown Road (9.30 mi)

At this point you will come to another T-intersection in the road. Taking a right will put you on NF-7040 to a dead end. Taking a left will take you down on switch backs down the back side of the hillside. Take a left to continue over Stampede Pass.

12. Intersection with NF-7037 (11.68 mi)

On the left you will encounter the entrance to NF-7037. This road takes you down into the valley. Continue straight on NF-7040.

13. Intersection NF-5200 (14.40 mi)

As you continue your decent down into the valley your path will intersect with FS-52. Take a left onto FS-52.

14. Intersection with NF-5250 (17.50 mi)

NF-5250 will be on your right. Continue straight on FS-52.

15. Intersection with FS-54 (18.90 mi)

FS-52 will intersect with FS-54. At this point take a sharp right onto FS-54.

16. Intersection with FS-50 (22.10 mi)

You will come to an intersection with FS-50 on your left. Continue straight and you will start to climb again. For the next 10 miles you will travel up and over the last portion of Stampede Pass.

17. End of Trail (30.30 mi)

Stampede Pass ends about 2 miles from the I-90 exit 62. To get onto I-90 continue strait until you come to the entrance. Taking a right takes you Eastward towards Ellensburge and Spokane. Taking a left takes you west over Snoqualmie Pass towards Seattle.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 47.114371, -121.494331

Starting Point: Greenwater

From the town of Greenwater start your vehicles trip meter at the Greenwater general store and continue South East on highway 410 towards Mount Rainier National Park. At 1.7 miles turn left onto Forest Road 70 (NF-70). You will take a left onto NF-7030 at approximately 6.5 miles. This is the start of the trip from 7030 over Stampede Pass. There is a large enough area before you hit the gravel to air down and disconnect the sway bars. It is not necessary to do this but it makes the ride more comfortable and less bumpy.

Camping

Dispersed

Even though there are many locations on this 30 mile journey our favorite is located at waypoint 6. Here there is a firepit and room for many tents and vehicles. With views of the valley and snow covered Mount Rainier in the background this makes this a perfect location to set up camp, have a fire, roast marshmellows, and enjoy the incredible views.

Camping: NF-7030 to Stampede Pass

Trail Reviews (18)

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Status: Open
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Great trail for beginners. Nice scenic views, good switch backs. No cell service so print the map and take with you with the turns and photos. Not necessary to air down. But would have certainly made the ride more comfortable in my Jeep JK.

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I had an opportunity to take this completely from 7030 through Stampede pass on the 15th. The snow Scott mentions below is now down to 3 small patches that are easily driven through. The rest was wide open. What a great trip - beautiful scenery, some great switchbacks going back down over the passes. Great times -I highly recommend. Thank you so much for the exceptional directions above. They are spot on. With so many off-shoots and other roads to explore, these directions got me back to I-90 perfectly.

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Status: Partially Open
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I had a great time out in the woods this last Saturday. Right before reaching waypoint 11 there were some piles of snow blocking most of the roadway. I was able to sneak past with some creative shovelling and careful driving. Right after waypoint 11 I was stopped by significant snow on the roadway. Perhaps it will take a couple more weeks for it to completely melt off up there.

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What a wonderful drive around NF roads on the mountain. Unfortunately no cell coverage so I didn't recall the RIGHT on NF-7036 at the fork in the road on #8 above. Regardless, running left at that fork leads you to a dead end, but again some fantastic views. Overall I followed NF-7030 as far up as you can right now, which led to a small parking lot and the road was blocked off with a pylon so I circled back around and headed back on NF-7030, I ran into a very small, 1/4 mile road, NF-410. While trees hit both sides of the truck lightly, it was just a great, secluded location with yet another set of amazing photo opportunities. I then continued back down and ran across NF-7032 and decided to take that for a spin. I reached the end of that road and continued up an unmaintained portion of trail that took me to the top of a hill, and yes, more photo opportunities. I finally made it back to NF-7036 and took that up until I made the wrong turn at the fork on #8. Then decided to head home. Overall I never took the smile off my face - almost all of the snow is gone (small patch on NF-7036 on the shady side of the mountain), but very easy driving today. Just a great time exploring and I cannot wait to go back and follow the correct path next time (I think I'll print the information above :)). I've attached a bunch of photos, which really don't do it justice to see first-hand. I highly recommend exploring these trails.

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Only completed the first 8 miles of the trail before turning around. After a certain point the snow accumulation was beyond our comfort level as rookie off roader. However, the views were amazing and will try it again late spring next year.

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Went here today as my first ever 'off road' excursion on my 2005 4Runner. I've been on service roads before just to get to hiking trialheads but nowhere the distance of this scale. Trail heading up was smooth with gravel and dust and minor pot holes that you can avoid most of. After you pass the two AMAZING scenic views, the downhill trail can be tricky for cars without much clearance but if you have clearence and 2WD (like a 2WD 4runner, not sure why people buy that but to each their own), you can make it down at a nice slow pace. It's bumpy but nothing crazy. This trail is exactly what I've been looking for, a mountainous drive without needing to lift your car/giant tires and have amazing views. I only wish that the trail lasted longer up in the mountains as once you pass the 2nd scenic point and start going down the valley, it gets moot. All in all, I am glad I found this website and this trail, it was truly breath taking.

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Just did this route with a DR650 and a KLR250. Lots of fun, nothing too challenging for a dirtbike. Beware of taking other shortcuts, many of the forest roads that are supposed to exist around here have long since overgrown or gotten washed out.

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We just drove it yesterday afternoon. What was left of the rockslide has been cleared.

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Ran the trail South to North today, open.

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Beautiful, easy, and plenty of spots to take pictures. Only confusing part was the road name changes but the gpx file was good. Also recommend going across 90 to the trails over there.

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We headed up yesterday to do some work on the reported rock slide. When we got there though, someone had beat us to it. I was able to squeeze by with my full size rig (Tahoe). It was a pretty tight squeeze with a significant drop on one side so we stopped and cleared out a little bit more rocks to help widen the path. It should also be noted that there's another big chunk of rock that looks like it's ready to fall anytime. We did the trail North to South and only proceeded about a half mile from the rock slide. The north section of the trail was clear and easily passable with a two wheel drive vehicle.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Partially Open
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Rock slide just north of pin 56. I approached from north to south. Impassable at this time.

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Great views, plenty of scenic turnouts. Highly well maintained, 2WD accessible. Dry and dusty

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Great views, plenty of scenic turnouts. Highly well maintained, 2WD accessible.

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Day trip on 4th of July. Beautiful clear skies and the trail was fully open. Saw some wildlife. A large unknown bird, because my buddy fumbled the binoculars and a coyote. Don't need to air down, but would of made the trip a lot smoother. Started the trip in Greenwater.

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Status: Open
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Drove from North to South. The roads are fully accessible. Lots of smaller to mid-sized rocks on the roads, especially on NF 7036. Some trees hanging into the road - enough clearance for my F-150 though. Made a little side-trip to the big railroad trestle bridge near Lester. Was lucky since shortly after my arrival, a grain train passed by. Great trail. Really enjoyed it.

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Status: Partially Open
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Snow at 5000 ft. Looked passable with a bike from what I could see. Turned around at N47° 07.220' W121° 24.569'. Some rocks on the sections that must have recently melted out.

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Attempted to summit FS-7030 and only made it up to the 3500 foot level which is about a 1/4 of the way up. We rounded a corner a were surprised to find 3.5 feet of snow, slush, and ice covering the road. The snow was so slick and deep that we were only able to go 10 feet. We turned around and found a great un-named road that we will have to map. We found a small primitive camping area which turned out to be a great place to start a campfire, roast hotdogs, take a break, and tell stories. We expect the pass to be impassable through the middle of July.

Questions & Answers (5)

Q: Could my Subaru Impreza make it through this trail?
–Mac C. (08/03/2018)
A: Most likely yes. A few spots with rock emerging in the trail but navigable if you're careful
–Travis Yost (08/22/2018)
Q: Do I need any specific passes to travel and camp along this trail?
–Jeff Wallace (07/12/2018)
A: You will need a Northwest Forrest pass
–carson (07/14/2018)
Q: Sounds Like a jeep can get all the way thru from I90 to Greenwater?
–Paul Malik (06/22/2018)
A: Wasn’t bad at all. Just drove this yesterday in my cruiser. Stock. Beautiful drive.
–Alexander Ahn (06/27/2018)
A: Paul you are correct depending on what time of year you choose to make the trek.
–Michael Graham (06/23/2018)
Q: Anyone know if rock slide has been cleared yet?
–Tyler (06/07/2018)
A: we spent a few hours clearing the big stuff to get through. 2 jeeps and a full size truck made it easily..
–Jeff maxfield (06/22/2018)
A: Partially, I was able to get my full size rig through.
–Peter Jancola (06/18/2018)
Q: Is this open during the winter?
–Felicia Bentz (01/29/2018)
A: This is trails typically closed from November through June.
–Todd (01/29/2018)

Writer Information

Luke Myers

Mapping Crew - Washington

Luke is originally from rural Minnesota, after high school he joined the Army and traveled the world over his 20 year career. His final stop, and where he ended his military career was Washington state. He retired from the Army in 2011 and has been working as a Military Software systems consultant since that day. He has been into the off-road scene since he was 7 years old, when his dad bought him a 3-wheeler and he built his first race-track in the pasture. Since those days he has had motorcycles, quads, go-karts, mini-bikes, trucks, 4 different kinds of Jeeps and an AMC Eagle (station wagon). His current "toy" is a 2008 Jeep Wrangler; Luke and his family enjoy exploring the world through the windshield view of that Jeep. Luke loves taking new people out on trails and takes pride in getting a newbie through a trail that is definitely more than they ever thought they could handle. His favorite type of trail is one that takes all day to go 5 miles and never stops challenging the driver.
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