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Segelsen Ridge Snowshoe

North Cascades > Mountain Loop Highway
48.3020, -121.6444 Map & Directions
Length
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
2500 feet
Highest Point
4516 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Moderate/Hard

Washout: Forest Road 18 is washed out before the trailhead

Those new to snowshoeing will appreciate the easy access and groomed trails found at Segelsen Creek Sno-Park, along with the mountain views and options for extended exploration. Continue reading

  • Mountain views
  • Dogs not allowed

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Sno-Parks Permit
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Hiking Segelsen Ridge Snowshoe

With 63 miles of groomed trails, the popular trail system extending outward from Segelsen Creek Sno-Park offers plenty of space for snowshoers, skiers and snowmobilers to spread out and enjoy the long, winding ridge. If you are new to snowshoeing and looking for a way to get a feel for the sport without skiers and snowmobilers whizzing by, try cresting an unnamed knob just off the beaten track.

After strapping on your snowshoes at the sno-park, continue to follow Forest Road 18 north on foot. You’ll likely encounter a number of fellow recreationists at first, but the crowds dissipate quickly. Remember to practice good snowshoeing etiquette by keeping to the right and staying out of ski tracks.

In 1.5 miles, reach a junction. The main road continues straight ahead while a lesser-used road takes off to the left. Venture left to leave most other visitors behind and make your way up the steep and windy road. Climbing through second-growth forest, you’ll have the chance to practice your uphill technique—keep your weight on your forefoot so
the crampon on your snowshoe can grip the snow. (On your return trip, you can use this section of trail to practice your downhill technique — keep your weight centered over your feet and let your heels dig into the snow.)

At one mile from the junction, the narrow road divides. Stay left again to traverse around the knob, staying just below the summit. As the path curves back to the north, about a half mile farther, begin heading directly uphill, away from the road and toward the peak of the hill. From here, enjoy views of the Stillaguamish River Valley and Whitehorse Mountain before heading back the way you came or exploring some of the other interconnecting trails if time and energy are on your side.

WTA Pro Tip: In low-snow years, you can continue driving up Forest Road 18 beyond the Sno-Park and begin your journey once you reach the snow line.

Hike Description Written by
Lindsay Leffelman, WTA Correspondent

Segelsen Ridge Snowshoe

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 48.3020, -121.6444 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

Washout: Forest Road 18 is washed out before the trailhead

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Sno-Parks Permit

WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

From I-5, drive east on State Route 530 for 24.5 miles. Turn north on Swede Heaven Road. Continue for 2 miles and bear right onto FR 18. Reach the Segelsen Creek Sno-Park in 3 miles.

More Hike Details

Trailhead

North Cascades > Mountain Loop Highway

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Darrington Ranger District

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