If you can walk, you can snowshoe! Our scenic, peaceful snowshoe trails wind their way throughout the entire trail network, with the highest concentration of trails out of the Sun Mountain area. Snowshoes can be rented at any of the local rental shops. Methow Trails hosts family-friendly snowshoe tours on selected Saturdays throughout the winter. Local volunteers lead tours that focus on winter ecology, wildlife and tracks, snow science and more. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis, no reservations.
Email Methow Trails at events methowtrails. Saturdays, December 28 - February Photo by schmoe. Start high and stay high, with views nearly always within view on this snowshoe road walk from the top of Blewett Pass. Starting at the Blewett Pass Sno-Park, this is a great choice for beginners, kids and those who don't want to worry about avalanche risks.
Whether you're gazing at Tronsen Ridge spread out before you or at Diamond Head on the other side of the pass, this is a rewarding day trip. Location: Snoqualmie Pass Round Trip: 4. Approaching Gold Creek Pond. Just outside the Sno-Park at exit 54 east of Snoqualmie Pass, you'll find lots of great, easy snowshoeing.
This is an area popular with cross-country skiers and sledders alike. From Mardee Lake to looming Kendall Peak before you, this is premiere terrain for winter enthusiasts. Location: Stevens Pass Round Trip: 3. One track to Skyline Lake through plenty of snow. Photo by Coleen Donovan. Dramatic mounds of snow, a frozen lake and sweeping views into the Alpine Lakes and Glacier Peak Wildernesses await snowshoers at Skyline Lake.
Easily accessed from the Stevens Pass ski area, this steep and rewarding ridge walk is a classic on a sunny day. What's more, no parking passes are required at the trailhead. Location: Snoqualmie Pass Round Trip: 8. Photo by Just a hiker.
Climbing to the summit of Amabilis Mountain, you'll work hard for your views. But the views -- out over the Keechelus Lake valley and beyond -- make it worth it. This is a steep climb mixing road and off-road travel that can have significant avalanche danger at times, so check the forecast and make sure your fitness and skills are up for this one before you head out. Tip: The road is often groomed part way up for cross-country skiers, so if you are on snowshoes, be careful not to tread in the tracks. Location: Stevens Pass Round Trip: 8.
The views at Surprise Lake. Photo c johnwporter. This backcountry route does not follow any road or trail, but winds up the narrow Skykomish River Valley just over 4 miles to the banks of Surprise Lake. You'll get some views on the way to the lake, but the large lake opens up the best views of the trek. Tip: While you may encounter other tracks, don't rely on them as your route-finding source. A view of the long route up Hurricane Hill.
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Photo by gclenaghan. One of the park's most popular destinations in summer is much quieter in winter. But the views are even more inspiring shrouded in a blanket of snow. Atop Hurricane Hill, snowshoers will be able to take in the majesty of the Olympic Mountains as well as the serenity of the San Juan Islands. Check conditions on the National Park Service website and get daily chain requirements and snow condition updates on their HRWinterAccess Twitter feed.
Photo by Janet Putz. This trip is incredibly popular with snowshoers, and for good reason. It starts at the Paradise Visitor's Center, following the Stevens Canyon Road -- and if you're lucky enough to have a clear day, views of the mountain are stupendous. Location: Mt. You can rent your snowshoes on most guided walks, but you should dress to stay warm and dry. Photo by Alexapolis Photography.
It's an easy snowshoe or cross-country ski, with little to no avalanche danger, up the Mowich Lake Road. You pass beneath towering cedars, Douglas firs and hemlocks, with enough peek-a-boo views on the way up to keep you entertained. The real treat is Mowich Lake, transformed into a winter paradise by snow and its reprieve from the hordes that drive there during the summer.
Rainier from the lake.
Tips: Depending on conditions and your vehicle, you may want to park along the road or at the park boundary. Conditions on the first stretch of the trail are often poor you may end up carrying your snowshoes or skis for a bit , but improve as you climb.
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If you are contemplating a winter camping trip, consider Mowich Lake. Location: White Pass Round Trip: Enjoy peace, solitude and the occasional glimpse of furry woodland creatures in Tieton River's pine forests.
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Photo by mytho-man. Follow an unplowed forest road as it meanders up the Tieton River Valley and keep an eye out for elk, fox, martens and other wildlife that thrive in this wilderness area. Along the way you can enjoy views of Old Snow Mountain or explore the wide meadows that line the trail.
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