NF-7030 to Stampede Pass

4.8/5 (62 reviews)
Greenwater, Washington (Pierce County)
Last Updated: 11/18/2021
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Trail Information

Highlights

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.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Trail Navigation

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.

Trail Reviews

4.8/5 (62 reviews)
Dean
400
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 08/20/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Just completed this whole trail and it was very fun and scenic. I will agree with the rest of the reviewers by stating that you should complete this trail in reverse as to what has been posted. I entered the trail right off of I90 and completed it on the other side. This route would give you a little bit of a challenge by climbing up the mountain in the loose gravel as opposed to driving down the mountain. The views were perfect and there were quite a few vehicles on the first 75% of the trail. Please be careful in driving around the corners, I came across few dirt bike riders. Other than that this is a very doable track with a stock 4x4. Last portion of the trail has some challenges in which you're driving up the slope which has some large sharp boulders. Take it slow and easy and you should not have any issues.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 07/30/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Also going to agree with the two previous posts, Anticlimactic going south to north. I was in Enumclaw and wife was told not to come into work so…free time. This trail is completely doable in a Ram 2500 Megacab, it has a 3.5” lift with 37s and a Cummins, it’s usually my tow rig/mall crawler. Like other posts have said the trail is not very well marked. It’s a fairly easy through trail. GPS quit on the north side so ended up taking one wrong turn, but quickly recovered.
Mark
200
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 07/30/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

I followed the advice of the previous reviewer and ran this from I-90 to Greenwater, and completely agree that it would be anticlimactic running it the direction of the original post. I highly advise you download a good map with all the forest road clearly shown, and that you can follow using a GPS. The roads are mostly NOT marked and although my sense of direction is pretty good, we had to turn around twice to find the way all the way through. There were many groups we came upon running the opposite direction from us. You can't beat the views as you will see Rainier ahead of you a lot of the way. Some of the roads are pretty worn and I would very strongly advise not running this with highway tires. Have at least A/T or M/T tires. A blowout would not surprise.
Trail Review: NF-7030 to Stampede Pass - Mark
Trail Review: NF-7030 to Stampede Pass - Mark
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John
100
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 07/23/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

Completely open, no snow. The review on 7/2 had us a bit concerned, but no issues. We took this from North to South. Rainier views are closer to the South, between waypoints 6 and 9. Had we traveled from South to North, the rest of the drive would have been beautiful, but anti-climactic. I rated it harder than the description, as the road from Waypoints 13 to 11 was steep with lots of rocks and ruts. You could do it in AWD (we saw a Subaru), but I would prefer not to. Rest of the road was gravel with potholes.
Trail Review: NF-7030 to Stampede Pass - John
Trail Review: NF-7030 to Stampede Pass - John
Art
200
Status: Partially Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 07/03/2022

Trail becomes completely impassable due to heavy and wet snowdrifts just past waypoint 9. Based on the conditions, I wouldn't count on this being fully passable before the end of July at the earliest. My crew started out at Greenwater and entered on the south end of the trail. Super socked in with fog and scattered rain the entire climb up the pass, and we started to see snow around 4600ft of elevation. The drifts became a real problem just past waypoint 9, where we got stuck and forced to turn around after extrication. Some drifts were still 2+ feet deep, and icy. Conditions resembled a normal May expedition, given how cold and wet our spring was this year.
Trail Review: NF-7030 to Stampede Pass - Art
Trail Review: NF-7030 to Stampede Pass - Art
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