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.