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Results List

135 Hikes
Sand Lake Snowshoe

South Cascades -- White Pass/Cowlitz River Valley

 
5.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 900 ft.
Highest Point: 5300.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.60
(5 votes)
Humble Sand Lake and its neighboring Deer Lake, provide snowshoers and backcountry skiers a wintry getaway along the Pacific Crest Trail a short distance away from the bustle of the White Pass ski resort and groomed ski trails.
 
 
Dalles Ridge Snowshoe

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1800 ft.
Highest Point: 4000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(2 votes)
You'll enjoy relative silence on this hushed snowshoe along a Forest Service road near Mount Rainier. As you hike, look closely for elk signs, then look up to see gorgeous views of Sun Top and The Mountain standing in all her glory (that is, if she isn't hiding behind clouds).
 
 
Lanham Lake Snowshoe

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
3.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 4100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(16 votes)
The snowshoe route up to Lanham Lake is a straightforward climb through trees, but you'll be rewarded with a delightful little lake and a burst of sunshine on a clear, chilly day.
 
 
Miller River Road Snowshoe

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
7.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 700 ft.
Highest Point: 2200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
In winter, and, as with all showshoeing, the right gear, it is possible to snowshoe the Miller River Road to the Dorothy Lake Trailhead.
 
 
Schriebers Meadow Snowshoe

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
11.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1200 ft.
Highest Point: 5200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(2 votes)
On the flanks of Mount Baker’s south side, Schriebers Meadow makes for a delightful snowshoe excursion, either for a daytrip or an overnight experience.
 
 
Amabilis Mountain Snowshoe

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
9.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2100 ft.
Highest Point: 4570.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.25
(4 votes)
This route provides both spectacular views and solitude at the summit, but keep in mind trail etiquette. You'll likely share the trail with skiers enjoying the groomed route.
 
 
Kendall Peak Lakes Snowshoe

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1700 ft.
Highest Point: 4400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.23
(13 votes)
Kendall Peak Lakes are popular snowshoe destinations, since the trailhead is about one hour from Seattle, the grade is gentle and the views superb. The route is relatively easy to follow because it follows an closed forest road.
 
 
Pipe Creek Loop Snowshoe

Central Cascades -- Blewett Pass

 
4.1 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 900 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(1 vote)
Take this 4-mile trek along an old forest road, to peek-a-boo views of the Teanaway ridges and quiet forest.
 
 
Sun Mountain Snowshoe Loop

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
2.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 686 ft.
Highest Point: 2877.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
This well-marked snowshoe route near Sun Mountain Lodge offers outstanding views, a variety of terrain, and more solitude than you might expect.
 
 
Segelsen Ridge Snowshoe

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2500 ft.
Highest Point: 4516.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.00
(3 votes)
Road Washout: A washout on FR 18 has rendered this trailhead inaccessible via car
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.
 
 
Mowich Lake Snowshoe

Mount Rainier Area -- NW - Carbon River/Mowich

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1400 ft.
Highest Point: 5000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.14
(7 votes)
Mowich Lake is a moderate snowshoe tucked into the northwest corner of Mount Rainier National Park.
 
 
Twin Lakes Snowshoe

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 3100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
1.00
(2 votes)
This is a snowshoe up a Forest Road before continuing through to a lake basin just off I-90.
 
 
Diamond Head Snowshoe

Central Cascades -- Blewett Pass

 
7.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1815 ft.
Highest Point: 5915.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(4 votes)
Snowshoe up 1800 feet to the expansive views from Diamond Head, the highpoint south of the Blewett Pass Sno-Park. The route includes, road walk, marked ski trail, and cross-country climb, but the views are worth it.
 
 
Riverside State Park - Bowl and Pitcher Snowshoe

Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
This loop route begins and ends near the campground at Bowl and Pitcher and includes a trip across the footbridge over the Spokane River both going and returning.
 
 
Mount Spokane State Park - Trail 260 (Snowshoe)

Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

 
Highest Point: 4550.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Snowshoe trail that starts just below the Selkirk Lodge (Nordic ski area) and goes down to the Condo Road.
 
 
Mount Spokane State Park - Snowshoe Summit Route

Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1328 ft.
Highest Point: 5883.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
This winter-only summit route is a straight shot from Bald Knob Campground to the summit of Mount Spokane.
 
 
Kautz Creek Snowshoe

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2800 ft.
Highest Point: 5300.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(2 votes)
Kautz Creek is a rewarding snowshoe trek for those willing to put in the effort. You’ll find sweeping views of the Tatoosh Range and Mount Rainier, but those come only after enduring four steadily uphill, largely view-free miles.
 
 
Salmon Ridge Snowshoe

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
5.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 2400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(2 votes)
With gentle terrain, easy river access and views of snow-laden peaks, this narrow river valley is an inviting snowshoe destination, especially for beginners.
 
 
Nason Ridge Snowshoe

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
3.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 750 ft.
Highest Point: 2720.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(1 vote)
A number of moderate snowshoe trails lie around the Lake Wenatchee area, but with a big, beautiful Ponderosa pine tree and views of the surrounding mountains, Nason Ridge gives you the best bang for your buck.
 
 
Pleasant Valley Snowshoe

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 160 ft.
Highest Point: 3250.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Walk as far as you like up-valley on this moderate snowshoe. Enterprising hikers may consider making this a thru-hike.
 
 
Obstruction Point Road Snowshoe

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(2 votes)
 
Skip the crowds of skiers and snowshoers at Hurricane Ridge and try a challenging hike on Obstruction Point Road.
 
 
Crow Creek Snowshoe

South Cascades -- White Pass/Cowlitz River Valley

 
8.5 miles, one-way
Gain: 2300 ft.
Highest Point: 4500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
A snowshoe route accessed from the Crow Creek Sno-Park.
 
 
Sherman Pass Snowshoe Loop

Eastern Washington -- Okanogan Highlands/Kettle River Range

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.57
(7 votes)
At the highest Sno-Park in the state, you find a nice loop route with suberb snowshoe opportunities.
 
 
Columbia Mountain Snowshoe

Eastern Washington -- Okanogan Highlands/Kettle River Range

 
7.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1400 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.40
(5 votes)
Go north on the Kettle Crest National Scenic Trail across the southwestern flank of Columbia Mountain. The open summit, the high point for this adventure, holds views of the surrounding Kettle Range.
 
 
Tumwater Campground Snowshoe

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
Highest Point: 2050.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(2 votes)
For a quiet snowshoe on flat terrain, try this ranger recommended hike just outside of Leavenworth.
 
 
Tronsen Loop Snowshoe

Central Cascades -- Blewett Pass

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 155 ft.
Highest Point: 1332.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
This winter route is part of the un-groomed Blewett Pass Sno-Park Non-Motorized Trail System, and is used for both snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.
 
 
Snow Bowl Hut Snowshoe

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
8.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 4300.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(7 votes)
This trail is open for day use but the Mount Tahoma Huts are closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19
Bruni's Snow Bowl Hut is named for Brunhilde (Bruni) Wislicenus, a passionate mountaineer and wilderness skier who donated a substantial portion of the funds to rebuild the hut after a fire in 2007 burnt the original to the ground. Now, it provides skiers and snowshoers a place to warm up after a bracing 4.5 mile jaunt along forest roads in Tahoma State Forest.
 
 
Roaring Ridge Snowshoe via Road 9070

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3200 ft.
Highest Point: 4988.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
 
A snowshoe along a road to the summit of a mountain in the Snoqualmie Pass area.
 
 
Red Mountain Snowshoe

Snoqualmie Region -- Salmon La Sac/Teanaway

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3560 ft.
Highest Point: 5880.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Spectacular views into Alpine Lakes Wilderness, from the Teanaway backcountry and The Enchantments to the east, Mount Daniel and surrounding peaks to the north, to Snoqualmie mountain ranges to the west. As always, Mount Rainier solemnly guarding the south as always.
 
 
 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 475 ft.
Highest Point: 3225.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.50
(2 votes)
Packwood Lake makes for an arduous snowshoe adventure through old-growth forest in the Goat Rocks Wilderness area. Higher-elevation routes may still be waiting to melt out but views of snowy mountain peaks and precious solitude are your well-earned reward for the miles you will cover into the backcountry.