NF-7030 to Stampede Pass

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4.8/5 (73 reviews)
Greenwater, Washington (Pierce County)
Last Updated: 11/18/2021
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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 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 Mountain range make this 30-mile trip well worth the time. The roads are wide enough for vehicles coming in the opposite direction to pass.

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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.

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4.8/5 (73)
Visited: 02/19/2024

Made it to just about WP 4 from Greenwater before the snow was too much for us, a good snow rig could get farther. This time I put it in 4L/M2 on the way down and had no trouble vs the utter terror of last year. Experience helps!
Trail Review: NF-7030 to Stampede Pass - Jason H Martin
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 10/08/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Fall colors were gorgeous on this warm, clear weekend. I’m glad we were able to get a run in before the snow arrives.
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 08/30/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

I have run this route in one way or another more times than I can count over the years. This is a nice drive that gets you up high with good views of Mt. Rainier and the Stuart Mountain Range. This is an easy route that most vehicles should be able to handle. The Tie Road (waypoints 11 to 13) used to be kind of rough but was cleaned up for the Norse Peak and Sawmill Creek fires in 2017. Today I followed the route from the 70rd until waypoint 11 where I went straight and down into the Naches area.
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 08/28/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Took us 5h including 1.5h lunch break. Like other reviewers, did not need/use 4WD. Some areas are little rocky so definitely recommend AT tires or RT or MT.. bring spare just in case. It was weekend, so a lot of ATV and SUVs. I saw few Subaru and RAV4. Few spots are tight so make sure you drive accordingly. No cell service most of the time, so make sure to have CB just in case .. a lot of nice camping spots and views. Definitely we will go back soon.
Trail Review: NF-7030 to Stampede Pass - RS
Trail Review: NF-7030 to Stampede Pass - RS
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Visited: 08/12/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

We enjoyed driving this trail. It has some great views/scenery. Many places to camp. Some of it is very easy wide trails, but some is a little narrower. In dry conditions I don't know if you even need 4 wheel drive. Having some decent clearance is helpful on some sections.

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