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.
1. 7030 Trailhead
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
NF-5250 will be on your right. Continue straight on FS-52.
15. Intersection with FS-54
FS-52 will intersect with FS-54. At this point take a sharp right onto FS-54.
16. Intersection with FS-50
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
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.