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Pleasant Valley Snowshoe

Central Washington

Walk as far as you like up-valley on this moderate snowshoe. Enterprising hikers may consider making this a thru-hike. Continue reading


Central Washington -- Yakima
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9.0 miles, roundtrip


Gain: 160 ft.
Highest Point: 3250 ft.


5.00 out of 5

  • Wildlife
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Rivers

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Beginning from the Hells Crossing trailhead, find a snowshoe trail that follows the American River for a peaceful stroll that you can make as long as you like, or even make a 10-mile thru-hike of it and end at Lodgepole campground.

Start at the Hell’s Crossing SnoPark, where an established snowshoe trail follows the southeast banks of the American River. This trail meanders through a quiet forest. It’s a stark landscape through a former burn where you can hear only the river rushing. Blue diamonds mark your route through this rolling terrain (There is a groomed ski trail on the north side of the river. Please note that in this trail system, snowshoers and dogs are not allowed on the groomed ski trails).

About 4.5 miles from the trailhead, arrive at a crossing of Kettle Creek and a connection with the Pleasant Valley Sno-Park. You can make this your turnaround point, continue another 3.5 miles to another junction with the road, or go the full 9.9 miles to the Lodgepole campground.

Depending on recent snowpack, this trail may need snowshoes or be hikeable in hiking boots and gaiters. Check trip reports before heading out to know what you’ll need.

Hike by WTA Staff
Anna Roth

Pleasant Valley Snowshoe

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 46.9651, -121.2651 Open in Google Maps


Central Washington -- Yakima

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Getting There

From Yakima, drive west on Highway 12 for 17.5 miles. Continue onto Highway 410 W for 32.8 miles to the  Hells Crossing Campground.

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Sno-Parks Permit

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