Finding Joy on Backyard Trails ... the Upside of Getting Snowed In
As snow began to blanket every corner of our state, we began to notice something — a lot more trip reports in local parks and nearby nature trails.
As snow began to blanket every corner of our state, we began to notice something — a lot more trip reports in local parks and nature nearby trails.
One of the upsides of getting snowed in? It gives hikers a push to discover those magical places that you can walk out your front door and enjoy. A strong trail system, like what we strive for in Washington, begins with trails close to home — and extends all the way out into the deep backcountry. While our stunning National Parks and iconic alpine destinations usually garner most of the attention — sometimes it takes a little snowstorm to see the value of trails in your own backyard.
Here are some of the #snowpocalypse adventures that you had...
Whatcom Falls Park
Trip reporter Pibbs saw some serious icicles and a beautiful dusting of snow around the raging waters of Whatom Falls Park.
Forest Park - Everett
Trip reporter Must Hike Must Eat opted to leave the car at home entirely and enjoyed a 2.5 mile trek to the nearby Forest Park in Everett — their first visit in the snow!
Shoreview and Boeing Creek Parks
Trip reporter ejain found some surprising solitude on the trails around Shoreview and Boeing Creek Park — and captured a few serene photos of the snow-drenched park.
Trip reporter MarianneW found mountainous views along this urban trail — spotting an extra snow-capped glimpse on Mount Baker in the north and the Three Fingers to the east.
Discovery is a classic Seattle park — but not often is it seen with a dose of powder. Trip reporter jeffdill made the trip out to see first-hand, and captured some unique shots of the beloved area.
With the snow on their side, trip reporter 'kidz won't hike' managed to get at least one kid out the door and enjoy the snowy landsacpes of Weowna Park.
Washington Park Arboretum
If you're dreaming of the perfect place to test out your new skis, snowshoes or traction devices — follow in trip reporter austineats footsteps and give 'em a whirl at your local greenspace.
Skagit Wildlife Area
While you don't need to explore on a snow day to spot flocks of birds and mammals at the Skagit Wildlife Area — trip reporter geezerhiker proves it looks a little bit more epic when you do.