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Winter Hikes

Finding that perfect winter hike can be a challenging task but getting out during the colder months can be endlessly rewarding. Avoid the crowds, see familiar landscapes through new eyes and shake off the winter doldrums during one of the hikes we've selected below. These guides will help you find what you're looking for whether it's a beginner snowshoe route or a snow-free hike close to home. 

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Visit WTA-Built Bridges (And Other Structures)

Hike one of these trails where WTA crews have built structures that help improve the hiking experience. It's remarkable to see what can be made from natural materials near the trail, with a little teamwork and elbow grease.

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Winter Hikes to Match 7 Adventure Goals

From beach camping to trail running, hut-to-hut skiing to the art of slow hiking, we've matched seven adventure goals with hikes throughout Washington. Pick one and begin!

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20 Winter Hikes to Flee the Frenzy and Find Bliss

Find a path into the backcountry on any of these awesome winter hikes around the state.

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9 Hikes for Friends and Family During the Holiday Season

Enjoy time with friends and family this holiday season and show off the best of Washington with these hikes that take you to beautiful places on gentle trails suitable for all abilities.

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8 Outdoor Holiday Excursions

From wildlife watching to storm watching, Washington's backcountry offers plenty of options for getting outside during the holiday season and beyond.

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Skiing & Snowshoeing: What to Know and Where to Go

Skiing and snowshoeing links and information for Washington state.

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Winter Skills Courses and Guided Snowshoes

Communities throughout Washington offer a variety of winter skills courses and guided walks on snowshoeing, navigation, avalanche safety and winter camping.

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A Guide to Cross-Country (or Nordic) Skiing Washington

Before grabbing the snowshoes for another winter walk in the woods, consider an alternative: Nordic skiing.

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Beginner to Backcountry: Where to Go Snowshoeing This Winter

Find a great snowshoe (or cross-country ski) destination to fit your experience level. Whether you've snowshoed for years, or are just experimenting with the sport, we've got 14 great snowshoe trail ideas to jumpstart your winter adventures.

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Snowshoeing on Forest Roads: A Guide to Winter’s Secret Trails

Thousands of miles of forest roads, access roads and decommissioned logging roads crisscross public land across Washington. When they're snow-free, vehicles bump along and the hikers inside watch the scenery pass by as they drive the last few miles to the trailhead. But come winter, snow blankets the landscape and the road becomes the trail.

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21 Places To Take Your Kids This Winter

In the winter, getting out with kids can feel like a lot — but it's worth it, even if you barely make it out of the parking lot. Here are 21 winter hikes to try when you want to keep it chill. Some are short and sweet, and some can be extended if you discover your kid has energy to spare.

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Great Washington State Parks to Visit in Winter

Washington's state park system is one of the largest in the nation, with each park offering something unique and seasonal. Grab your Discover Pass, pack your lunch and check out some of our favorite state parks to visit in winter.

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