Reservations opening December 6, 2019 for Snoqualmie Pass Snowshoe Program

EVERETT, Wash., December 3, 2019 – Thinking about getting outdoors more often this winter?  Looking 

for an opportunity to learn how to snowshoe?  This winter’s your chance!  Come explore your 

National Forests by joining a ranger-led interpretive snowshoe walk, courtesy of the Snoqualmie 

Pass Snowshoe Program.

From family-friendly snowshoe hikes through beautiful old-growth forest to intense treks into the 

heart of Commonwealth Basin, the Snoqualmie Pass Snowshoe Program offers opportunities for visitors 

of all ages and experience levels to enjoy the outdoors this winter.  Snowshoes are provided for 

all walks.

Reservations for ranger-led snowshoe walks at Snoqualmie Pass will open to the public on December 

6, 2019 at 10 AM.

To make your reservation, go to  discovernw.org/store and select  Snowshoe Walks. For more 

information, please email  USForestService_SnoqualmiePass@discovernw.org.  Starting Thursday, 

January 2, 2020, visitors may call the Snoqualmie Pass Visitor Center at (425) 434-6111 with 

questions and reservation requests.

The 2020 season will operate Fridays through Sundays from January 3 through March 29. Donations to 

Discover Your Northwest are requested to offset program costs.

Grab your coat and mittens — we’ll see you soon at Snoqualmie Pass!

 

Ranger-led Snowshoe Walks at Snoqualmie Pass

90 Minute Walk. Join this one mile loop that winds through opulent old-growth forest. Elevated up 

on the snow-pack, you'll experience the impressive middle-canopy of the trees. Look for signs of 

wildlife such as tracks in the snow or in tree dwellings. Each discovery tells a bit of a story in 

this vibrant mountain habitat. We'll guide you through this winter hike at a moderate pace and with 

interesting winter ecology facts that will impress your friends and family.

•     Suggested donation: Adults $15, youth 16 and under $10

•     Dates: Saturdays 10 AM & 11:30 AM; Sundays 10 AM, 11:30 AM, & 1 PM, January 4 through March 29

•     Group capacity: 20

Extended Walk.  This winter trek will take you into the heart of Commonwealth Basin, a landscape 

that is rich with snowshoe routes and interesting winter life. Marten, ground squirrel, bobcat and 

wolverine all travel through this area, sometimes leaving evidence on the fresh snow. We'll travel 

about 5 miles at a moderate pace climbing into the Basin. We will enjoy a lunch break boasting 

scenery you'll be craving for the rest of the winter. Bring a well-stocked back- pack including 

32-64 ounces (1-2 liters) or more of water, a hearty snack and lunch. Dress in layers for the ever- 

changing mountain weather. We'll be out for about 4-5 hours.

•     Suggested donation: $25 per person

•     Dates: Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays 9 AM, January 3 through March 29.  (On the following Saturdays, we will have two Extended Walks, one at 9 AM and another at 9:30 AM: January 11, February 8 & 22, March 7 & 21)

•     Group capacity: 10

Photography Walk. Photography enthusiasts from expert to novice will enjoy photographic 

opportunities along Com- monwealth Creek, including animal tracks, ice falls, and the swirling dark 

waters of midwinter. Learn about use of  light, composition, exposure and how to change a snapshot 

into fine art. Participants bring their own film or digital camera plus a well-stocked backpack 

including 32-64 ounces (1-2 liters) or more of water, a hearty snack and lunch. Dress in layers for 

the ever-changing mountain weather and plenty of photo-worthy stops along our route. We'll be out 

for about 4-5 hours. For more information about this tour, please refer to  Alpine Scenes.

•     Suggested donation: $25 per person

•     Dates: January 4 & 18; February 1, 15, & 29; March 14 & 28; 9:30 AM for all dates

•     Group capacity: 10

Kids in Snow! Enjoy a variety of fun activities including hunting for animal tracks and guessing 

who made them, learning about subnivean life and other winter adaptations, examining snow crystals, 

measuring depth of the snowpack, and of course, fitting in some snow play at the end of our 

journey! We have a fleet of snowshoes for big and little (and everything in between) feet. Families 

follow along with kids on this snowy adventure.  Kids of all ages are welcome to join this 90 

minute, kid-paced outing.

•     Suggested donation: Adults $15, youth 16 and under $10

•     Dates: Saturdays 1 PM, January 4 through March 28

•     Group capacity: 20

Avalanche Awareness Walk. Join the Northwest Avalanche Center (NWAC) and the Forest Service for 

snow- shoe walks where the focus is entirely Avalanche & Safety Awareness. Professionals from NWAC 

will be leading and presenting on these walks with topics including weather; field observation of 

terrain, recent signs of avalanches, and temperature; snowpack; travel techniques and how to avoid 

avalanches; emergency equipment and a demonstration on how to find a buried beacon. Please bring a 

well-stocked backpack with lunch, snacks and water; dress in layers for discussion stops as we 

learn how to stay safe in this mountain winter environment. We'll be out for 4-5 hours.

•     Suggested donation: $25 per person

•     Dates: Sundays 9:30 AM, January 5 through March 29

•     Group capacity: 10

What to bring on the shorter walks (90 minute, Kids in Snow):

•     16 ounces (0.5 liters) or more of water

•     Clothing:  Please dress appropriately for the weather by layering clothes that can insulate 

you when wet, such as wool or synthetics, and that you can remove easily as you heat up.

•     Footwear: Sturdy, waterproof shoes or boots

•     Optional: Snacks, Camera

Additional items recommended on the longer walks (Extended, Photography, Avalanche Awareness):

•     32-64 ounces (1-2 liters) or more of water, high energy snacks and lunch

•     Gear: Poles (pairs available to borrow at Visitor Center), sunglasses, backpack with the Ten 

Essentials, including extra clothing. See  Dressing for the Wilderness video.

•     Footwear: Sturdy waterproof boots with ankle support

•     Optional: Camera, GPS, avalanche beacon, probe, avalanche shovel and map.

 

 





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