There is no need to feel all cabin feverish when you live in Washington. It may be rainy in the lowlands, but it is wonderfully snowy up high. Snowshoeing and cross country skiing options abound. And with a bit of pre-planning, you can clear your head with an invigorating day in the snow.
Washington Trails Association is happy to help you get started. We have put together a number of resources that will help you decide where to go and how to stay safe. And we'll be adding to the list as the winter progresses.
Planning your adventure
You need somewhere to go. And you need the resources for determining weather and road conditions, as well as how to stay safe out there. Preparation is key to having a good time, and we highly recommend you read through the resources listed to the right, especially the Winter Safety Tips, which has important information about avalanche conditions, links to road and weather reports and what to bring.
Winter Safety Tips (includes weather & road info)
Winter Skills Courses
Winter Skiing & Snowshoeing Links
Sno-Park Information: Permits
Getting the Most from Sno-Park Passes
There are several ways you can find destinations to suit your skill level and desires on WTA's website.
Choose a destination
- Ten Great Snowshoe Hikes
- Snowshoeing Mt. Rainier
- Snowshoe Mt. Baker (pdf)
- Joys of Scottish Lakes High Camp (pdf)
Get inspiration Trip Reporters & Hikes of the Week
On the Trip Reports search page, select Advanced Search Options. Mark only the box titled Snowshoe/XC Ski. Up will pop all snowplay reports. You can find older snowshoe and cross-country ski reports by typing in the name of the trail.
We've selected a few featured snowshoe trails, including:
- Kautz Creek
- Swauk Forest Discovery Trails
- Mount Townsend
- Artist Point
- Wenatchee Crest
- Chiwaukum Creek
Don't forget to check our Hikes of the Week page for weekly winter hiking inspiration!
When you're done with your trip, please come back here and write up your Trip Report. We love hearing about where you had a good time!