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Winter Recreation

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.

Artist Point
The view of Mount Shuksan from Artist Point in the winter. This photo by Matt Leber won first prize in WTA's 2004 Northwest Exposure Photo Contest.

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.

There are several ways you can find destinations to suit your skill level and desires on WTA's website.

Choose a destination

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:

Tonga Ridge winter by Opus
Tonga Ridge makes a wonderful early winter snowshoe excursion. Photo by Opus.


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!

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