NF-7030 to Stampede Pass

Greenwater, Washington (Pierce County)

Last Updated: 11/18/2021
4.8 / 5 ( 33 reviews )
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Seasonal Closure
Typically Open: 06/15 - 11/15
Permit Information: Permit Required - Click Here
Difficulty: 1-3
Length: 31.9 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


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.


Route Information

Advanced Rating System

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

Technical Rating

Dirt and/or rocky road. Potential rocks and/or tree stumps less than 5" tall and/or vertical ledges less than 5" tall and/or near vertical ledges or waterfalls less than 6" inches. Good tire placement likely. Can be steep, but with good traction.
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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.


1. 7030 Trailhead (0 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 (0.1 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 (0.5 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 (3.6 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 (4.2 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 (4.8 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 (5.3 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 (6.8 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 (7.4 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 (8.2 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 (9.3 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 (14.4 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 (17.5 mi)
NF-5250 will be on your right. Continue straight on FS-52.
15. Intersection with FS-54 (18.9 mi)
FS-52 will intersect with FS-54. At this point take a sharp right onto FS-54.
16. Intersection with FS-50 (22.1 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 (30.3 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

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.


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 (53)

Questions & Answers (7)

Q: Will a Subaru WRX clear this trail? I know I will since I got a 2020 Tacoma Offroad but my friend want to join us but he has a WRX
–George Woo (07/29/2021)
A: As with any trail your friend should exercise caution in a lower clearance vehicle, it is my thought that he will have very little issue, but regardless, watch your lines on tougher areas and never go alone.
–Luke Myers (07/29/2021)
Q: Hello. Does anyone know how to access the trails on the Gaia GPS APP once you've uploaded them from here??
–Scott Nicholson (05/19/2021)
A: Hi Scott, If you push to Gaia, they import as a folder. Search those folders :)
–Todd (06/05/2021)
A: In Gaia, click on the "+" and choose "Import File". You will see all the files that you exported from Trailsoffroad. Then just choose on and it will populate on Gaia's map.
–Michael Graham (05/21/2021)
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 (08/23/2018)
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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