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Guided Snowshoe Walks for Kids and Families

Guided snowshoe walks are a great way to get your kids moving and learn something too. Check out these eight guided snowshoe options throughout the state and our tips for keeping little ones warm and happy.
Guided Snowshoe Walks for Kids and Families

If kids can walk, they can snowshoe. Photo by Brad.

Winter is here and it's time to get out and experience the beauty of snow covered Washington. Guided snowshoe walks are a great way to get your kids moving and learn something too. Check out these eight guided snowshoe options throughout the state and our tips for keeping little ones warm and happy.

Eight great guided snowshoe walks on public lands

Olympic National Park
This easy to moderate, 1.5 hr, walk starts at Hurricane Ridge and covers less than a mile.
Dec 15, 2012 - Mar 31, 2013 offered 2pm weekends and holiday Mondays
Sign up at Hurricane Ridge Info Center desk 30min prior to walk - first come first serve. Group size limited to 30 people.
Suggested $5 donation per participant, snowshoes provided

Community groups can schedule a reserved snowshoe walk offered at 10:30am
(Reservations must be made in advance call 360.565.3136)

Mount Rainier National Park
Rangers lead the 1.5 mile walk (approx 2 hrs.)
mid-Dec thru early Jan daily 12:30pm & 2:30pm
Jan - March weekends and holidays
Recommended for ages 8 & up
$4 donation per participant
Meet at Jackson Visitor Center

Mount Baker- Snoqualmie National Forest

Snoqualmie Pass - Kids in the Snow
The 90 minute walk starts at 1pm.
Saturdays starting Jan 12 – March.
Suggested donations: $15 adults, $10 youth under age 16

Stevens Pass – Kids in the Snow
Sat & Sun 11am & 2pm
Children 6-12 (group size 20)
Suggested donations: $15 adults, $10 youth under age 16

Mount Baker – Glacier Public Service Center
Friday 10am (Jan 18 & Feb 15)
Sunday 10am (Jan 13, 27, & Feb  3, 10, 24)

Snowshoes and ready to go Photo by Kindra Ramos
This litte one is set to go in her snowshoes.

Mount St. Helens National Monument
Mount St. Helens Institute - Guided Adventures
Saturdays, Jan 19-March 16
Various locations, walk distance ranges from 3-7mi
Difficulty: ranging from easy to moderate
$25 per participant
$15 rental fee

Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery
Free Naturalist Led Hike

Jan 4 -Feb 24
Fri & Sun 1-3pm
Sat 10am-12pm & 1-3pm
Pre-registration required
Ages 8 and up welcome
group size limited to 10

Mt. Spokane State Park
Spokane Parks & Recreation  - Snowshoe Family Tour
Recommended for ages 4+
12:30-3:30pm
Feb 25 & 25
Snowshoes provided

Family enjoying a warm drink Photo by Kindra Ramos
Warm drinks in the snow make for a fun outing. Photo by Kindra Ramos.

Winter tips: how to keep little ones happy and warm

  • Eat well before going out and take plenty of snacks.
  • Dress in layers and adjust as needed.
  • Bring extra mitten and hand warmers.
  • Pack a Thermos of hot cocoa, cider or soup.
  • Outfit kids with a whistle for safety.
  • Apply sunscreen, even if it's cloudy.
  • Bring along a friend.
  • Have extra clothes to change into waiting in the car.

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Snowshoes provided?

Posted by Deben at Jan 11, 2013 01:31 PM
Are snowshoes provided for all of these walks or just the Mt. Spokane walk?
Adults should bring their own snowshoes?

Thanks

Click the link fool!

Posted by Deben at Jan 11, 2013 01:31 PM
Got it, link provides program details.

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