Explore the most popular snowshoeing trails in Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Went on a colder rainy dry so the tunnel felt dry and slightly warmer then outside, perfect. Spooky at first but then loved it. Very cool experience. Only saw a few people, no bikers, most of the time we had the tunnel to ourselves.

Too much snow at the top, last half a mile snow is everywhere could not find trail. Ended up turning around. We’ll try again in a month or so when snow melts.

Great hike in May. No snow, but a little crowded. A lot of elevation gain and switch backs.

Road to car park still covered with snow, but once you reach the car park the path become dry and view is great

snowshoeing
1 month ago

Nice snowshoe walk at the end of the season. Sun was coming through. Some walked without snowshoes but they were struggling a little.

Nice and easy hike through the snow. Didn’t need snowshoes or spikes.

snowshoeing
3 months ago

Hex Mountain trail 1343

Our group of 5 began hiking around 10:45am on February 17th. to see a short video I put together on the hike with conditions click this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bppp_yM3yaM There was about 4inches of snow on the ground and still snowing there was a winter storm warning and high wind advisory. Also the yellow gate was closed preventing you from driving all the way to the trailhead so you had about a 1 3/4mile hike to the trailhead. Once we reached the trailhead there was one other hiker ahead of us. In about another mile the winds picked up severely I put on my face mask and gloves. About two miles above the trailhead we met the hiker who had turned around we put on our snowshoes as the snow was very deep but still the wind was the biggest difficultly. About 300ft from the summit and the whole hogs back ridge was extremely windy and was a sheet of ice. We were having trouble moving and getting tossed around by the wind, we estimate the wind was around 60mph. We reached the top of Hex Mountain around 3pm. Once we got back into the trees the wind died down a bit but was still severe. The rest of the hike was a easy down hill hike and we arrived at the vehicles around 6:15pm. Again if you would like to see footage of what the trail looks like click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bppp_yM3yaM But overall the hike was fun. But I would recommend this to experienced hikers that have access to snow shoes or crampons and are very good with map and compass for there is no visible trail for 6 1/4 miles.

Be safe out there,

NW Adventures

hiking
3 months ago

My wife and I hiked to Skyline Lake and beyond from Stevens Pass. The trail to the lake was packed hard, so we didn't use snowshoes. The trail was rather steep but we didn't have problem. The trail from the lake to the rock garden was crusty so we used snowshoes. On the way down the snow on the tail became soft and slippery where the sun was beating down so we used Microspikes. I saw other people using skis, snowshoes, and spikes. The weather was sunny. The temperature was between 17 and 38 degrees F. It was a gorgeous day.

Very pretty hike. Didn't need snow shoes or spikes.

Breathtaking views yesterday 02/10/18! Great trail for beginner snowshoeing. Plenty of snow for skiing or snowshoeing!

hiking
3 months ago

I unfortunately forgot to push record for this trail. But it took us about 2 hours to reach the summit. I hiked this about 2 weeks ago in January in the snow. There were people who wore their snowshoes but we opt to wear just our spikes. They worked just fine. The trees were still charred from the wild fires we had in August of 2017. It was very mystic and eerie but beautiful the whole way up.

snowshoeing
3 months ago

Went today and was absolutely breathtaking! The snow was really coming down, as a snow storm was happening. Lots of fresh powder & only people out there. Had to park and walk just over a mile to trail head but the walk was pretty too. If you’re in the area DO THIS! Easy, flat, beautiful. Snowshoes are a must, deep deep snow.

snowshoeing
3 months ago

This snow shoe was a five start hike on a two star day. We had winds on the ridge as well as at the summit. We had no views either. I am not sure I would do this as a hike though. This is meant to be a snow shoe in my opinion. On WTA people seem to miss the trail. Maybe they need this app. I am guessing if your on here you dont miss the trail part up the ridge. The hike has a steady elevation gain and incredible views when its clear. Consider bring a shovel if you come on the weekends so you can park OFF the road so its safe.

snowshoeing
4 months ago

Took this hike with my 4 and 7-year-old as their first snowshoe hike. They loved it! We didn’t really need snowshoes when we went (mid-December) as the trail was packed down good but they still loved it. The trail is even better on a clear day. The fog ceiling was very low and we couldn’t see much, at the end of the hike we made it back to the frontside of the pond and the fog had lifted. We loved this hike!

Good place to spend the day off. A little walking here, chill out over there. Picknic area is cool, take something to cook with ya!

Snowshoe beyond the lake up to the rock ridge for views.

snowshoeing
4 months ago

This was a tricky snowshoe hike. After veering off Snoqualmie Drive, we had to cross a narrow creek (one of many) with tricky crossings. With recent heavy wet snow storms, most of the saplings and small evergreens were bowed over along with a few downed trees making snowshoeing difficult. We had to meander around them while also avoiding tree wells and snow bombs. We potholed for a good mile since we were the first since in awhile and got lost for about an hour looking for the blue markers which were spotty sometimes partially because they were shrouded by snow bowed or fallen trees. It was fine after we were able to follow ski tracks about 1 mile in. We didn't get to Nordic Pass, since it was getting late and were honestly exhausted but did have a nice lunch at Hyak Lake. Despite all the downs, we had a fun hike nonetheless. There were some great forest views especially of the lake and the falls along Hyak Creek. We'd do it again knowing all the trials and tribulation but maybe not to soon.

Great snowshoe trip for first timers. Easy peasy

snowshoeing
5 months ago

A bit of snow, not quite enough to warrant the snowshoes I carried up. Beautiful views above the layer of fog.

I️t was a super creepy and eerie trail reminiscent of some children’s ghost tale told by a campfire. After the initial adrenaline and shock wore off of the immense darkness and cold, I️t was almost unbearable and painful to walk in this loooong freezing cold tunnel. I️ saw a lot of people with bikes though so I️ think that would be the way to go.

backpacking
6 months ago

This is an incredible overnight trip. I know there are a lot of questions right now about trail conditions and trailhead access. We were skeptical ourselves. However, as of Sunday morning, the trailhead is easily accessible for high clearance vehicles. Two friends and I went out in a Honda Accord and had to park before the last wash-out, although this wash-out is only MAYBE a quarter of a mile from the trailhead, so the extra walk is not bad at all. Intermittent snow on your way up to Ingalls Pass, although its all easily passable. Once you reach the pass the North side is all under snow. The trail can be hard to find at times, but now that the snow has been worked in, you should be able to follow where others have gone. You will need microspikes or crampons for sure. We camped in the basin for a night and it was spectacular. Got a little chilly at night but not bad. The lake is gorgeous and worth the hike up from your camp site, although, it is quite steep and will make you work for it. If the weather turns and the trail gets more snow, I don't see how it would be passable without snowshoes--there is already 4-18" depending on area.

Beautiful and easy for the kids.

Like others have said: fantastic views and strenuous. I will add that the trail is easy to travel except for several fallen trees blocking the way. Careful manoeuvring required especially if carrying a heavy pack. Not much shade. Bring a hat. We found a fee ticks on the dog. Something to be careful of. Have fun!

Gorgeous in October. Weather was warmer than expected and the sunshine made the colours pop! Especially the Golden Tamaracks and the aqua water in Nada Lake and Upper Snow Lake. It was recommended by hikers coming down from Lake Viviane that I use ice cleats or snow shoes above Snow Lakes. I didn't have the gear so I didn't go any further. But there was very little snow up to that point, and hardly any mud. Very few people mid-week. New granite slides made the trail a little trickier but still a piece of cake for an experienced hiker.

This is my homecourt trail and I hike to Hex at least once per month. The only downside is the fact that all of the single cell throttle jockeys are destroying thd terrain by cutting the trail in places all the way up the mountain!

Update, Hex Mtn was burned in the Jolly Mtn. fire in 2017. There are many snags remaining, be careful!

hiking
7 months ago

5.5 out and back. It’s certainly a beautiful hike and with a moderate elevation gain of about 2200ft. We hit snow at about 2.5 miles up. The lake is amazing and worth the climb. Some downed trees on the trail, but nothing impassable. Great overall hike!

hiking
7 months ago

The ridge line and meadow was my favorite part, with all the beautiful golden Larches in full display.

Sunny side out and view ridge trail back was really beautiful. Went in late afternoon so the sun setting made for some really beautiful fall colors.
You do have to watch your step as the horseback rides use this trail also. Lots of fertile dirt!
View ridge to Kraule on the way back was my favorite part of the hike

Easy hike with a stunning view!

Great for elevation gain

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