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135 Hikes
Huckleberry Snowshoe Route

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
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Highway 20 Closure: Highway 20 is closed west of Winthrop between milepost 165 and 185 while crews fight active wildfires in the area. This closure is dated 7.12.21
A long, meandering snowshoe route just off the Mount Baker Highway.
 
 
Cedar Falls Snowshoe

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
9.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1350 ft.
Highest Point: 3570.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.50
(4 votes)
Highway 20 Closure: Highway 20 is closed west of Winthrop between milepost 165 and 185 while crews fight active wildfires in the area. This closure is dated 7.12.21
The more strenuous winter version of this easy summer hike leads to the overlook of Cedar Falls. In winter, the falls are a snow-topped mound of ice with a flowing creek base.
 
 
Oakes Peak Snowshoe

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
18.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 5000 ft.
Highest Point: 4400.0 ft.
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Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
Highway 20 Closure: Highway 20 is closed west of Winthrop between milepost 165 and 185 while crews fight active wildfires in the area. This closure is dated 7.12.21
If you are looking for a walk through deep snow in the winter that will take you into the North Cascades, Oakes Peak is the snowshoe trip for you. Walk along a Forest Service road toward the National Park boundary or up toward Oakes Peak.
 
 
Silver Star View Snowshoe

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
8.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 800 ft.
Highest Point: 4250.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(2 votes)
Highway 20 Closure: Highway 20 is closed west of Winthrop between milepost 165 and 185 while crews fight active wildfires in the area. This closure is dated 7.12.21
A quiet snowshoe trip to views of Silver Star Mountain awaits the mid-week traveler in late fall and early spring. This road walk parallels the Early Winters Trail, the old route from Mazama to Washington Pass.
 
 
Artist Point Snowshoe

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1000 ft.
Highest Point: 5100.0 ft.
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Average rating:
4.48
(23 votes)
10/22/2020 Road closed: Highway 542 is closed at the Bagley Lakes trailhead. Visitors must park here and snowshoe or ski up the road to this trailhead.
Artist Point is the top competitor for best viewpoint in the state. The beautifully shaped Mount Shuksan is the star of the area, with a gorgeous summit pyramid and several impressive glaciers. This relatively easy snowshoe is an excellent winter destination with a virtual guarantee of good snow coverage.
 
 
Buck Mountain Snowshoe

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
11.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2635 ft.
Highest Point: 6135.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(3 votes)
Area Closure: Effective July 23 2021 this area and all lands in Eastern Washington managed by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources are temporarily closed to the public to prevent the risks associated with wildfires. This area will reopen once it is safe to do so. Please respect this closure.
A strenuous snowshoe trip leads to Buck Mountain Lookout with contrasting views of forest and fire. Whether the views are worth the effort is up to the traveler!
 
 
Silver Falls - Grove of the Patriarchs Snowshoe

Mount Rainier Area -- SE - Cayuse Pass/Stevens Canyon

 
9.9 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 2500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(2 votes)
This snowshoe route may be relatively flat, but it's a hard one to get to, since the highway to this part of Mount Rainer National Park is closed in the winter. It takes a 3 mile road walk both ways in addition to the loop itself.
 
 
 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2900 ft.
Highest Point: 5600.0 ft.
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1.67
(3 votes)
 
A snowshoe outside of Longmire at Mount Rainer.
 
 
Icicle River Road Snowshoe

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
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This trail is the end section of Icicle River Road that is left unplowed in the winter months. It is fun for snowshoers of all ages and skill levels.
 
 
Lake Kelcema Snowshoe

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1600 ft.
Highest Point: 3182.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(3 votes)
For a more strenuous snowshoe, head out to Deer Creek and the Lake Kelcema trail. From the parking area, the route proceeds up Deer Creek Road (Road 4052). Watch out for tubers and sledders on the lower portion.
 
 
Crystal Springs Snowshoe

Snoqualmie Region -- Cle Elum Area

 
Highest Point: 2500.0 ft.
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The Crystal Springs Sno-Park is a hub for winter recreation. The trails here are open to snowmobilers, cross-country skiers and snowshoers. Some routes are groomed, while others are unmaintained.
 
 
Glacier Vista Snowshoe

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 900 ft.
Highest Point: 6330.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.12
(8 votes)
Glacier Vista snowshoe is a shorter alternative to Panorama Point snowshoe. With 2.5 miles round trip with only 900 feet elevation gain, it is an easy snowshoeing outing with great views of snow-capped mountains.
 
 
Panorama Point Snowshoe

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1900 ft.
Highest Point: 7070.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.88
(8 votes)
The route to Panorama Point in the snow can vary depending on how much snow is on the mountain, and how many other visitors have tromped a path up the hillside. One thing is certain -- you'll want to consult the Paradise Green Trails map No. 270S, which includes both summer and snowshoe routes for the area.
 
 
Cooper Lake Snowshoe

Snoqualmie Region -- Salmon La Sac/Teanaway

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
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Snowshoe around a lake in the Salmon La Sac area; you'll share the area with motorized users, as well.
 
 
Cooper River Snowshoe

Snoqualmie Region -- Salmon La Sac/Teanaway

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 2900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.67
(3 votes)
A snowy ramble along a river east of Snoqualmie Pass.
 
 
Rampart Ridge Snowshoe

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
4.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1200 ft.
Highest Point: 4050.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.33
(3 votes)
A moderately-challenging snowshoe route in Mount Rainier National Park with some avalanche danger in times of heavy snow. Check the avalanche reports before heading out.
 
 
Gold Creek Pond Snowshoe

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
2.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 10 ft.
Highest Point: 3000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.60
(20 votes)
The flat terrain of this wide valley east of Snoqualmie Pass is the perfect place to practice snowshoeing with kids or first-timers. This is an area popular with cross-country skiers, and you may spot beaver dams and other winter wildlife. From Mardee Lake to looming Kendall Peak before you, this is premiere terrain for winter enthusiasts.
 
 
Hurricane Ridge Snowshoe

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 800 ft.
Highest Point: 5757.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(12 votes)
Whether you’re an expert or a first-timer, Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park is one of the most spectacular places to snowshoe in Washington state—and on clear days you’ll be treated to bird’s-eye views of Mount Olympus in all her winter splendor.
 
 
Reflection and Louise Lakes Snowshoe

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 560 ft.
Highest Point: 5100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.40
(5 votes)
The trek to Reflection and Louise Lakes is a quintessential Mount Rainier snowshoeing experience -- the bright, flat expanse of snow and ice covered mountain lakes, subalpine meadows that offer opportunities for romping, stupendous views of The Mountain and the Tatoosh Range, and the south end of the Mazama Ridge beckoning you to follow.
 
 
Mazama Ridge Snowshoe

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 900 ft.
Highest Point: 5700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.25
(8 votes)
Mazama Ridge at Mount Rainier's Paradise area offers an especially scenic intermediate-level snowshoe route in the midst of snow-covered alpine meadows.
 
 
Iron Mountain Snowshoe

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(2 votes)
 
This route is largely on private property and closed to the public.
 
 
Hex Mountain Snowshoe

Snoqualmie Region -- Salmon La Sac/Teanaway

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2600 ft.
Highest Point: 5034.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(14 votes)
A steep but rewarding Cascades snowshoe with great views from the summit. Low avalanche risk makes this a popular winter destination.
 
 
Skyline Lake Snowshoe

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 5100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.25
(16 votes)
Dramatic mounds of snow, a frozen lake and sweeping views into the Alpine Lakes and Glacier Peak Wildernesses await snowshoers at Skyline Lake. Easily accessed from the Stevens Pass ski area, this steep and rewarding ridge walk is a classic on a sunny day.
 
 
Paul Mountain Snowshoe

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
9.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1280 ft.
Highest Point: 3383.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(2 votes)
A few inches of new snow prior to a mid-week snowshoe outing transform this trip into a tranquil walk into the Eightmile Creek valley. Extending the trip with a climb out of the valley leads to viewpoints along the road.
 
 
White Salmon Road Snowshoe

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 485 ft.
Highest Point: 3500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(5 votes)
Snowshoe or cross-country ski on this road just below the Mount Baker Ski Area.
 
 
Wenatchee Crest Snowshoe (Blewett Pass)

Central Cascades -- Blewett Pass

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 4500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.18
(11 votes)
The Wenatchee Crest near Blewett Pass is an ideal entry-level snowshoe, thanks to its modest elevation gain and panoramic views from the ridgetop. And even with such an easily accessible trailhead, the crowds are often minimal.
 
 
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.