A Friendly Reminder About Ski Trail Etiquette
We work very hard to maintain and groom these trails. It costs $9000 a season to groom. Please help us keep them nice and safe by observing the following: Hannegan Rd. is a dog friendly ski trail. To access the Salmon Ridge Snowshoe trails, look for blue flagging and/or a sign located just to the left of the gate between Razorhone Rd and the river. Please stay on the snowshoe trails, marked with blue flagging, when possible. On the short sections where you need to walk along Razorhone Road to get to the next section of snowshoe trail, please keep off the ski trails (both tracks and groomed skate ski area), by walking outside of the tracks and trails on the riverside shoulder of the road. Please do not walk in the middle, reserved for skate skiers. Thank you!
Ski Trail Descriptions
The club offers several areas or terrain types for your Nordic skiing pleasure, and snowshoe trails as well.
Anderson Creek Road (click for a separate page with maps)
The Anderson Creek Road cross country ski trail begins across State Highway 542 from the Salmon Ridge Sno-Park. Take the left most route (the other leads to the Silver Fir Campground). Anderson Creek is an approximately 4 mile trail along the North Fork of the Nooksack River. The trail climbs gently (for the most part) for the first 2.8 km (1.6 miles) to the first switchback, then gets steeper with a rating of More Difficult. It is 3.9 km (2.3 miles) to end of the trail. Beware of avalanche possibilities on some sections higher near the end of the trail. Parking on both sides of the highway is part of the Washington Ski Sno-Park and a permit is required to park.
Razorhone Road Area
Razorhone Road Area is a fun mixture of easier trails, more difficult trails, and one Most Difficult trail. Razorhone Road follows the North Fork of the Nooksack River. Enter the trail from the northeast corner of the Salmon Ridge Sno-Park. The route has a fairly gentle climb of about 200 feet (about 60 meters) over the 5 km to the end of the trail. There are several small hills which are rated easier. There are several shorter side trails through the woods on both sides of Razorhone in the first mile, such as Crossover, Mom’s, and Waterfront. Razorhone is groomed with tracks at each side with a skating lane in the middle. Near the middle of the route, is a one mile climb to the right called Blueberry Bounce. This is the beginning of the Cougar Loop. It is rated intermediate difficulty. At the end of the trail is a view of a waterfall and Bagley Creek. The canyon provides a very beautiful spot to have lunch while viewing the waterfalls. Yes, in the summer, there are lots of blueberries along Bagley Creek. After crossing a footbridge (you must take off your skis and walk, is the next section of Cougar Loop, which incorporates the Bear Hill trail back to Razorhone. It is marked Most Difficult because of steep sections, though it does have Easiest and More Difficult sections as well. The parking area is a Washington Ski Sno-Park and a permit is required to park.
White Salmon Road (click for a separate page with a map)
The White Salmon Road cross country area is located at 3400 feet, to the north of and below the Mt. Baker Ski Area lower lodge. It has some great views of Shuksan, Sefrit, and Goat Mountains, and generally has snow both earlier and later than the Salmon Ridge area which is at the 2,000 level. The White Salmon area is regularly machine groomed and is a mix of easy and intermediate (more difficult) terrain. It is 3.2 km (1.9 mi) in length. The entrance to the White Salmon Road is just past mile post 51, located on a sharp hairpin turn which can be very dangerous. To access, it is highly recommended to drive an additional 1/4 mile to turn around at the Mt. Baker Ski Area entrance and then come back. Parking is limited to approximately 8-10 cars. When you park, please make sure that you allow space for cars above you to exit. Click here for a whole page on White Salmon with a map.
Silver Fir Campground Area
Silver Fir Campground Area is not groomed or tracked, it is multi-use for skiers, snowshoers, and skiers with dogs.
Hannegan Road Trail
Hannegan Road Trail is on the other side of the river from the Razorhone area and has its own parking area. Turn off the highway 1/4 mile before reaching the main Sno-park. It is multi-use and is dog-friendly. Unfortunately, it is not frequently groomed.
|Base area (Mom’s, Crossover & Waterfront Loop) 1||1.6 km (1.0 mi)||Easy|
|Lower Anderson Cr. Rd. to 1st switchback||2.8 km (1.7mi)||Easy|
|Lower Hannegan Rd.||2.0 km (1.2 mi)||Easy|
|Razorhone||4.8 km (3.0 mi)||Easy|
|Silver Fir Campground (Ungroomed)||1.1 km (0.7 mi)||Easy|
|Upper Anderson Rd.||3.9 km (2.3 mi)||Medium|
|Upper Hannegan Rd.||1.6 km (1.0 mi)||Medium|
|West side of Cougar Loop (Blueberry Bounce to bridge||1.6 km (1.0 mi)||Medium|
|White Salmon Rd.||3.2 km (2.0 mi)||Medium|
|East Cougar Loop (aka Bear Hill)||1.3 km (0.8 mi)||Difficult|
|Elk||1.2 km (0.75 mi)|
|Grizzly||0.6 km (0.4 mi)(steep)|
|Huckleberry||1.8 km (1.1 mi)|
|River||1.2 km (0.75 mi)|