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Welcome to SNOWTREK.org. Winter is Here! The 2017/2018 winter season is underway. If you're as excited about snow as we are, then you've found the right place. Join us on the Snow Trek Forum. Share a trip report, snow conditions, discuss gear, or just drop in and say hello.

Trip Reports

New Years Day 2015 Hangover Run - January 1, 2015
Mother nature delivered some snow just in time to bring in 2015 snow wheeling the broncos. We covered a lot of ground in search of something new. There isn't a lot snow yet, but it was still a fun day out cruising the backcountry in the snow. Check out the full Trip Report on the forum.
Snow Wheeling - December 27, 2014
It's been a long wait, but we finally got some snow in the Cascades. After an extra long dry spell, we set out for a day snow wheeling. Since this was the first major accumulation of the season, there wasn't a lot of snow, but plenty to have some fun! Great day cruising the backcountry in the snow! Check out the full Trip Report on the forum.

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SnowTrek.org Forum

  snowtrek  Jacks Pass or Beckler this Sunday?
With the snow due this Sunday it should make for a nice trip. Anyone interested in Jacks Pass or Beckler Ridge this coming Sunday (2/3)?
  snowtrek  Any Snow Trips Coming Up?
Anyone setting up a snow wheeling trip soon? Ran Jacks Pass a few weeks ago and had a blast. Need some more snow while it's here :)
  snowtrek  Mt Loop Run 1/7?
Anyone have info on the night run from last Monday? Big group of rigs was getting ready to leave the Shell in Granite Falls when I came through at 5:30. I would have loved to go but had other commitments.
  snowtrek  Mattracks vs Tires
I just watched these videos of a Toyota Tacoma on Mattracks up on Tonga Ridge in some fresh snow. Iím surprised by how much he still has to work at it. I guess that just reinforces my opinion that when the snow is good nearly anything works, and when conditions are tough, nothing works well. It would have been interesting to see a well setup wheeled vehicle in the same spot.
  snowtrek  How Much Tire Does a Grand Cherokee Need To "...
Back in 2012 I asked about how to access my retirement home over eight miles of unplowed road (link: ). I got a ton of good input of which I've used over the last 5 winters. I've learned to plow a bit as well as wheel a little in my 75 Land Cruiser (V8, ARBS, 38's (hand sipped) dual winches). The Cruiser works great to get to the pavement, but it's a beast to drive the remaining 20 miles to the nearest town. That's a long winded way of sayi...
  snowtrek  Trip Report: Snow Wheeling 2017/2018
A new season, a new thread! This worked out well last year, so just subscribe to this thread for the year. Drove up and down Van Epps Pass and then up to Gallaher Head Lake and on to the top of Hawkins Mountain 4WD trail on Saturday. Got up driving on mostly dirt. Three hours later 6+ inches of snow had fallen (probably the heaviest snow I've ever personally experienced). Winds had picked up to sustained 30-40MPH and continued all night, along ...

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Snow Gear

Homemade Trekking Pole Monopod
This is how I converted my trekking poles into a monopod.
Dakine Poacher Pack
The Dakine Snow Pack family of backpacks are purpose built for experiencing the backcountry in the snow. Features are well thought-out and implemented in a way that preserves precious space, yet maintain organization and ease of access. Whether you're hitting the ski slopes for the day, or doing some serious snowshoeing or mountaineering, Dakine offers several packs designed to meet our needs in the backcountry.

Snow Wheeling

Low Pressure Air Gauges

When Snow Wheeling, airing down your tires is the most important thing you can do for improved traction and flotation in snow. That means you need an air gauge that reads low pressure from 1-5psi. We are on a quest to find a replacement for the Accutire MS-46B.
Siping Tires for Deep Snow

Why should I sipe my tires for deep snow wheeling? Siping is one of my three criteria for a deep snow tire. As you drive through the deep snow, the snow gets packed under your tire. The siping gives your tires hundreds of new biting edges. Additionally, the siping helps loosen the tire carcass allowing your tire to flex better when aired down.

Snow Science and Avalanche Education

Quick overview of Western Washington Mountain Pass webcams

Stevens Pass - Elevation: 4061 ft

Snoqualmie Pass - Elevation: 3022 ft

White Pass - Elevation: 4500 ft

Blewett Pass - Elevation: 4102 ft


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