Guided Snowshoe Walks at Snoqualmie Pass, Stevens Pass and Swauk Sno-Park

Snowshoer hiking through mountains

Get outdoors and learn about winter ecology snowshoeing on the Okanogan-Wenatchee and Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forests January through March. No experience is necessary and the Forest Service provides snowshoes. Participants should wear layered and insulated clothing, hats and gloves with sturdy, waterproof shoes or boots, hats and gloves. To offset the costs of the program a donation is requested. Extreme winter weather may cancel snowshoe programs. Reservations are completed online at links below. 

2018 Schedule

SNOQUALMIE PASS

Just off Snoqualmie Pass, majestic pine trees soar upward to the sky while an unbroken blanket of new snow covers the forest floor. Guided snowshoe walks offer the opportunity to explore your National Forest in all of its winter splendor; the sounds of water running in streams hidden under the snow, the swish of a raven’s wings as it passes overhead, the rat-a-tat of a woodpecker foraging on an old growth hemlock. Your US Forest Service snowshoe guide will point out tracks of snowshoe hare, squirrels and maybe even a pine marten. Winter ecology will be discussed, birds and plants will be identified and winter safety will be shared by your guide. 

Five different walks are offered at the Snoqualmie Pass Visitor Center beginning January 6, 2018 and continue through March. There is no fee for the walks, however donations of $15 for adults and $10 for youth 16 and under, and $25 per person for the half-day walks and photography outings are recommended.

Reservations are required for all programs and can be made at: Discover Northwest


90-Minute Trek for beginners or anyone wanting to experience winter solitude
Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Learn about the winter ecosystem, wildlife and safety on this one-mile loop walk through opulent old-growth forest. Group size 20


Extended Hikes for those with some experience on snowshoes
Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 9 a.m.
Experience winter conditions in Commonwealth Basin surrounded by the Cascade crest peaks. Bring a lunch, a well-stocked day pack, extra clothing and water as you will be out for about five hours.


Winter Photography Outings

Saturdays:  January 14, 28; February 11, 25; March 11, 25

Sundays:  January 8, 15, 22, 29; February 12, 19, 26; March 5, 12, 19, 26
Geared for photography enthusiasts of all abilities. Commonwealth Creek offers intriguing image possibilities with ice falls, cool vapors and swirling dark waters. Your guide will discuss light, composition and exposure.  Bring a lunch, this outing lasts four to five hours.


"Kids in the Snow"
Saturdays at 1 p.m., starting Jan. 14
Earn a Junior Ranger Snow membership and badge!  Learn about winter tracking, how plants and animals survive through the winter and check out some hearty winter critters on this approximately 90-minute walk.


Avalanche Awareness Walks
Join the Northwest Avalanche Center and the Forest Service for six snowshoe walks where the focus is entirely avalanche awareness.  Professionals from the Northwest Avalanche Center will be leading and presenting these walks.  Please call the Snoqualmie Pass Visitor Center at 425-434-6111 after December 22 for dates and times for the avalanche awareness walks.


Trips for special events and school groups can also be scheduled by calling the Snoqualmie Pass Visitor Center.

Snowshoes are provided for all walks. Wear sturdy boots, warm clothing--dress in layers and avoid cotton--coat, hat and gloves. Bring along a snack and water to drink.  Meet 15 minutes before your scheduled walk at the Snoqualmie Pass Visitor Center located at Summit West Ski area.  From I-90 eastbound use exit 52 and from westbound I-90 use exit 53. The Visitor Center is open Thursday through Sunday 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Reservations are required for all programs and can be made at: Discover Northwest


STEVENS PASS 

Make reservations online below. Trips for special events and school groups can also be scheduled. Meet at the Forest Service Guard Station by Parking Lot A at Stevens Pass Mountain Resort. A donation is suggested of $15 for adults and $10 for youth under 16.

Reservations are required for all programs and can be made at: Discover Northwest

Ranger Guided Snowshoe Walk
Saturdays and Sundays, January 6 - March 25
Learn about the winter ecosystem, wildlife, Stevens Pass history and safety on this 90 minute guided nature discovery tour along the Pacific Crest Trail.
Maximum group size 20


SWAUK SNO-PARK

You can explore the wonders of winter near Blewett Pass with the US Forest Service. Join a naturalist for a fun and exciting 2½ hour guided snowshoe walk. Uncover the secrets of life in a winter wonderland. Your guide will lead you though the frozen landscape in search of birds and tracks, will pause to listen to water moving beneath the snow, and discuss how life carries on in the Cascades in winter.

Snowshoe walks are open to all ages and will take place at 1 p.m. on January 27, 28, February 10, 11, 24, 25, and March 3 and 4. If you would like to participate in these snowshoe walks, advanced reservations are advised and can be made by calling 509-852-1062.

Snowshoe walk participants will meet at Swauk Campground Sno-Park located on Highway 97, just 22 miles north of Cle Elum. Your vehicle will need a one day or annual Washington State Sno-Park Permit; a groomed trail sticker is not needed. Bring a small day pack with snacks and water. Dress in layers avoiding cotton; bring a winter coat, hat, gloves, and sturdy winter boots. Snowshoes are provided or you can bring your own.

For more information about the guided snowshoe walk program please contact Kim Larned at 509-852-1062.

Kids on showshoe walk




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