Guided Snowshoe Walks

Forest Service Volunteer Wilderness Ranger Chuck Davis leads photo snowshoe tours at Snoqualmie Pass. Photo by, Chuck Davis.

Get outdoors and learn about winter ecology snowshoeing on the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest January through March. No experience is necessary and the Forest Service provides snowshoes and poles. 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 be cancel snowshoe programs. Please call ahead to make reservations and check on any cancellations.

 

 

Contact: Kim Larned Snoqualmie Pass 425-434-6111
Contact: Matt Riggen Darrington Ranger District 360-436-1155 
Contact: Magenta Widner Mt. Baker Ranger District 360-599-9572

 


2017 Schedule

 

SNOQUALMIE PASS

 

Make your reservations here. Meet 15 minutes before your scheduled walk at the Snoqualmie Pass Visitor’s Center off I-90, exit 52. Trips for special events and school groups can be scheduled by calling 425-434-6111.

 

Reservations are required and snowshoes are provided. There is a suggested donation of $15 for adults, $10 for youth 16 and under, and $25 per person for the half-day hikes and photography outings.

 

Snowshoe with a Ranger, Short Hike
Learn about the winter ecosystem, wildlife and safety on this one-mile loop walk through opulent old-growth forest.

 

Saturdays & Sundays: 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Group size 20

 

Snowshoe with a Ranger, Extended Hike
Experience Commonwealth Basin in the winter surrounded by the Cascade crest peaks.

 

Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. with a lunch stop, January 5 through March 26

 

Winter Photography Outings
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 lunch, this outing lasts four to five hours.

 

Saturdays: 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. January 14, 28; February 11, 25; March 11, 25
Sundays: 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. January 8, 15, 22, 29; February 12, 19, 26; March 5, 12, 19, 26
Group size 10

 

 

"Kids in the Snow"
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.

 

Saturdays: 1  p.m - 2:30 p.m. January 14 through March 26
Group size 20

 

Avalanche Awareness Walks
Join the Northwest Avalanche Center (NWAC) and the Forest Service for an Avalanche Awareness-focused snowshoe walk. Learn about snow safety with our local experts. Please call for dates and times for the avalanche awareness walks.

 

 

STEVENS PASS

 

Make your reservations here or by calling the Skykomish Ranger Station at 360-677-2414. Follow the “Snowshoe Trek with a Ranger” sign in the Stevens Pass Resort Parking Lot A and meet at the Forest Service Guard Station. Trips for special events and school groups can also be scheduled.

 

Reservations are required though same-day sign-ups are possible and snowshoes are provided. A $25 donation for adults and $15 donation for youth 16 and under is suggested.

 

Snowshoe with a Ranger

Learn about the winter ecosystem, wildlife, Stevens Pass history on this 2 hour guided trek along the Pacific Crest Trail.

 

 

Saturdays: 11:00a.m. January 21 through March 25
Sundays: 11:00a.m. January 22 through March 19
Maximum group size: 20

 

Weekday group reservations are available on a case-by-case basis by calling the Skykomish Ranger Station.

 

DARRINGTON RANGER DISTRICT

Make your reservations here or by calling the Darrington Ranger Station at 360-436-1155 beginning Thursday, January 19. Meet at Verlot Public Service Center, 11 miles east of Granite Falls on the Mountain Loop Highway, for orientation.  The 5 hour snowshoe walk begins at Deer Creek and includes a lunch stop. Participants should be 16 years or older and in good shape. Though there is very little elevation gain in can be quite physically strenuous depending on conditions.

 

Reservations are required and snowshoes are provided. A $20 donation is suggested.

 

Big Four Mountain Snowshoe with a Ranger

This winter trek is great for those who have never used snowshoes before or anyone interested in learning about the ecology and history of this low elevation winter wonderland. It follows the route of the former Everett and Monte Cristo railway as it winds its way up the South Fork Stillaguamish River. We will make a number of stops along the way to discuss who lives in this valley in the winter and how they manage to do it, from Golden-crowned Kinglets to beavers to humans. Our turnaround point is the site of the former Big 4 Inn where we will have lunch at the picnic shelter and possibly get a glimpse of the 4,000 foot vertical face of Big Four Mountain.

 

 

Saturdays: 8:30a.m. February 11, 18 and March 4
Sundays: 8:30a.m. February 5, 19, 26 and March 5

Maximum group size: 25

 

 

MT. BAKER RANGER DISTRICT

 

Make your reservations here. Meet at the Glacier Public Service Center, milepost 34 on State Route 542, for orientation. Groups will snowshoe near the Hannegan Pass Road, Heather Meadows or other location depending on snow levels and weather. The interpretive snowshoe walks will last 2 to 3 hours. For more information, please call 360-599-9572 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on weekends.

 

Reservations are required and snowshoes are provided. A $15 donation is suggested.

 

Snowshoe with a Ranger
Learn snowshoe and winter safety basics while gaining knowledge about winter ecology, recreation opportunities, and the cultural history of the North Fork Nooksack drainage.

Sundays: 10 a.m., February 5, 12, 19, 26 and March 5
Maximum group size: 15

 

Avalanche Awareness Walk

Join the Northwest Avalanche Center and the Forest Service for an avalanche awareness snowshoe walk. An NWAC avalanche specialist will lead the walk and present about avalanche safety during your snowshoe outing. This is a great opportunity to get outdoors and learn about avalanche safety.

Sunday: 10 a.m., January 29
Maximum group size: 15