Snowshoe Book Now Online
After spending the past two weeks working in my garden and witnessing the tell-tale signs of an early spring, it has been easy to get the impression that winter is over. Everyone I talk to have the perception that there is simply no snow to play in.
But it's simply not true.
There may be no snow along the Mountain Loop Highway, but most mountain passes got a foot or more of new snow on Sunday night, and all of the state's ski areas report a solid snow base. Trip Reporter "NobleHikers" snowshoed at Paradise on Monday and wrote that the conditions were excellent.
And now you have one more reason to dust off those snowshoes. WTA's Hiking Guide now includes all 100 entries from Dan Nelson's Snowshoe Routes Washington, the preeminent (and only) snowshoeing book for the state. Mountaineers Books has donated select content from this book to WTA, as well as the content from their six Day Hiking series guidebooks. To buy the book in its entirety with extra features, photos and maps, click here.
Now it is super easy to check out great snowshoeing destinations, print out the description and driving directions and follow up with a Trip Report when you return.
Want to try it out?
You can browse all 100 snowshoeing destinations simply by typing "snowshoe" in the hike name box. You can further limit your results by choosing regions and sub-regions. Advanced search provides more ways to hone in on your snowshoe route - high point, elevation gain, features and more. (Go there now.)
So where are you going to find snow?
I'd try mountain passes and the areas near ski resorts for the best snow conditions. My favorites include:
- Artist Point - from the Mt. Baker ski area
- Skyline Lake - at Stevens Pass
- Commonwealth Basin and Keechelus Lake - Snoqualmie Pass
- Mazama Ridge and Reflection Lake - Mt. Rainier National Park
You may have other even better ideas. Please share them in the comments, and check out all of our great new snowshoeing content in the Hiking Guide.
Thank you Dan Nelson and Mountaineers Books!