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Jan 01, 2007

by Robert Michelson last modified Sep 10, 2008 03:05 PM
Type of Outing
Day hike

Lake Easton State Park 1-1-07

Lots of dry powder snow and no people greeted us at Lake Easton. It's a lower altitude (2200 ft.) cross country ski venue on the east side of Snoqualmie Pass. We enjoyed the easy well groomed trails, the lake, river and mountain views and the peaceful forest. It was snowing lightly, there was no wind, with a temperature in the low 20's and visibility about a mile and a half. Less than an inch of new snow had fallen on the groomed trails, and it was very dry. Off trail there was deep snow (ski pole went down about 18 inches).

The park trail system connects to the Iron Horse State Park (John Wayne trail). However you can't go very far that way because the trail bridge at Frozen Toe Point is closed because of too much snow on the bridge deck! But we were not really disappointed because we had only planned on an easy outing. There were some beautiful ice and icicle formations on a little cliff side near an overlook of the Yakima river.

Solitude, we had it. We met one couple in the morning and another in the afternoon.

There is a snowmobile SnoPark here right next to the Skier/Snowshoer Snopark but there were no snowmobiles at all, all day long. The SnoPark is at the beach area of the park

and the beach building has flush toilets, a shower, and a large changing area. Winter camping is allowed here and one hardy family had their camp set up near the lake shore.

This was a great start to the new year: gliding thru the woods on fresh, dry, fast snow .

To get to the park take Exit 70 on eastbound I-90 and follow the signs.

Robert Michelson

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