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Tieton Pond Snowshoe

Central Washington > Yakima
46.7267, -120.8114 Map & Directions
Length
4.5 miles, roundtrip
Hikers heading up to Tieton Pond. Photo by David Hagen. Full-size image
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Lakes
  • Rivers

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Sno-Parks Permit

A moderate snowshoe along forest roads to a beautiful frozen pond just outside of Yakima. Continue reading

Rating
5.00 out of 5

Hiking Tieton Pond Snowshoe

Take a moderate snowshoe to a beautiful frozen pond just outside of Yakima.

Head up Bethel Ridge Road, just past the Oak Creek Wildlife Refuge. After a little more than a mile of walking, turn off onto Road 312, which claims it is 1 mile to the pond (it's actually more like 2), then a short spur road 315 that leads to the small pond.

This is snowmobile country, so be aware of fellow trail users on motorized vehicles. However, because this is a lower-elevation hike, this location sometimes gets overlooked. On quiet days, you may spy elk in the forest on the way to the pond.

If it is early or late season, or if there's thin snow cover, look for areas where the creek flows down the road. Sunshine breaks through the thick forest cover, and you may even see some Western Larches -- pine trees that lose their needles in winter.

Their outlines are a stark contrast to the rich evergreens that line the road. At the pond, you'll enjoy a view of Bethel Ridge as you enjoy lunch before heading back the way you came.

Tieton Pond Snowshoe

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 46.7267, -120.8114 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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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 Yakima, drive 21 miles west on Highway 12 to the Oak Creek Wildlife Area Visitor Center & Elk Feeding Station. Park in the large visitor center parking area or a few hundred yards up Highway 12 in the pull-out at the Oak Creek Road gate.

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Trailhead

Central Washington > Yakima

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Naches Ranger District

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