Explore the most popular cross country skiing trails in Washington with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

lovely hike. no snow yet. lots of little waterfalls. the most gorgeous section is right after the Notch Pass junction. the path comes down beside the river.

Nice snowshoe hike into the Nordic park at the pass. Route finding difficult south of park as the trail is not broken up to the pass. Will go again

snowshoeing
4 days ago

1/13/2019

Enjoyed the scenery and walking in the snow. When the app says the trail has heavy traffic that’s an understatement. It was like Walmart on Black Friday with one lane in and out of the sno-park because of so many cars parked on the side of the road. People and dogs everywhere; like the house chaos of Home Alone except outside.

The snow is too compact to actually snowshoe for realz. Just did it for funz!

Follow the written directions to the trailhead. The directions using coordinates on app take you to the wrong place. Great hike, fairly easy. It’d be a great hike on a hot day since most of trail was in shade. The drive up wasn’t too bad, some potholes with partial paved road.

We went yesterday and it was absolutely beautiful!! The road was still closed to drive to the trailhead so it ends up being about 7-8 miles total (About 2.5 miles to trail head) but SO worth it!! The entire hike is full of views on every side. Everyone was fine in hiking boots. Highly recommend!!

on Lena Lake Trail

hiking
6 days ago

pit toilets at TH are open but no tp. lovely pnw hike; lots of evergreens, rhododendrons, salal, Oregon grape, etc. no snow yet. lots of little streams but easily passable. road is paved all the way. 7.2 miles rtn to the end of the lake

Great little hike. Easy to get to, plenty of parking and the trail is packed so it’s easy to navigate. Fresh snow fell so all the trees are coated and the lake is gorgeous. Definitely worth the drive from Tacoma.

They were literally closing the road when we arrived yesterday, this makes it around 7 miles total. We arrived about 1:00, it was a Monday and were only the second tracks up. We wore WP Keen hiking shoes, I wore little running gators and stayed dry. Snow got to about 12” where the group before us turned around. Gorgeous day.

Beautiful view of the waterfall and Lake. Did this hike a few years back. I would do it again.
For such a short hike it seemed like we were so far away when we got to the lake and falls. We were tempted to keep going on another trail we saw at the lake but since we were on our way back home we decided it wouldn’t be a good idea not knowing how far and how long it would take.

This is a beautiful trail, however we only made it 3 miles round trip since our 3-year-old prefers to hike himself, so it was slow going. We knew going into this we wouldn’t complete it, but we were hoping to reach the bridge, but we did not. This trail is marked as kid friendly, but I’m not sure I 100% agree. Maybe for older kids ages 6+. It’s a longer hike for kids, plus the trail has some steep hills on the side.

Overall, it looks like a great hike, I will update my review when I do it without the kids.

Did not get to complete this hike but what we did was nice!

hiking
12 days ago

The cave was stunning with lots of snow today. Went there around 11AM today. The small parking lot was half full. Road condition was good, just some icy patches in the parking lot. 50% of the trail was icy, luckily we brought ice cleats. However, we saw many people are fine with just hiking boots.

Trail was a bit hard to follow at first given the number of tracks going all over the place, but I just followed the map for the first bit and it became clearer as I got higher. Not too strenuous, but spectacular views from the top, even on a cloudy day.

I’ve hiked to the ice caves twice so far and I love it every time. The hike is super easy — just be careful of snow during winter season, wear boots. And once you get to the ice caves they’re absolutely breathtaking.

snowshoeing
14 days ago

Came prepared for the snow, wasn't expecting all the rain. Despite only having water-resistant clothing (and being soaked-to-the-bone when done), this trail was perfect for a quick, easy, and beautiful snowshoeing fix! From the road, it was about a half mile walk to reach the pond. Quite a few people out making the trek to the pond, but had the trail around Gold Creek Pond completely to ourselves. Gorgeous views and plenty peaceful. Only issue to report has been addressed by other reviewers. There were a lot of folks with dogs out there and a lot of waste left behind scattering the trail up to the pond.

snowshoeing
16 days ago

This was my first snow shoe hike, we had really bad luck with rain and low visibility. But it was still a really good hike, my only complaint is the noise from the snowmobiles we had to deal with.

We tried to do this trail yesterday. Snow made it difficult to find the whole trail. There is blue and orange flags to help navigate. Still only found a little trail. Lead us right to the water. Will come back in spring when there is no snow.

cross country skiing
bridge out
closed
snow
17 days ago

bridge was out

Amazing snowshoe yesterday! Trail was easy to follow excellent views the whole time!

snowshoeing
18 days ago

Nice, easy loop to break in some new snowshoes. Fairly crowded and the messy parking situation notwithstanding, it's an ok way to enjoy some the snow and mountains.

on June Lake Trail

18 days ago

Great winter hike. Easy out and back completed in snow boots. Bring snowshoes if you have them.

We went 2 days ago and the snow was falling the entire time we were there. Absolutely BEAUTIFUL views and once we hit the top we built a snowman and had a snowball fight. Saw a small size avalanche which made the hikers who went to the actual opening (which is caved in halfway due to a larger avalanche) of the caves put a little jump in their step. Even their dog took off. Heading down the path there was several people heading up with sleds. We have been spring, summer and winter and Winter is by far our favorite. Just a FYI the bathrooms at the trail head are closed for the season but they had a sign posted to use the bathroom at the picnic area. The trail up to the caves are easy to see but slick in a few spots. The Road on mountain loop was snow covered once you hit snow elevation but they were manageable. The parking lot is not plowed. Happy hiking and stay safe

walking
19 days ago

We weren't able to go far on this trail because the snow on it had frozen to ice so it was not easy to walk on. I definately want to try it again without the snow and ice.

Despite the description and highly rated reviews; do not bother with this trail in snow season. Visited 12/26/18 and I’ll tell you why.

The state park is managed annually by permit only in lieu of entry fees...meaning during snow season from November-April a discover pass will not allow you access to any of the trails in the park. During these months you must purchase a snow-park pass even if you have a discover pass.

The funds for the discover pass and snow park pass are two separate pools of money and do not go to the same agency...your snow park pass essentially pays for groomed roads and trails during the snow season.

With that being said all trails departing from Selkirk lodge are for Nordic/backcountry skiing only; snow shoeing nor hiking is allowed. We learned the hard way; backcountry skiers take that sh#t serious!

Lesson learned if going to Mt. Spokane in the snow season all trails south of Selkirk lodge are inaccessible via foot traffic. All backcountry trails, single track, snowmobile trails north of the lodge are fair game via foot, snowmobile or snow shoe.

I’ll review again after snow season. Hope this helps my fellow peeps.

Happy Trails :)

snowshoeing
22 days ago

Beautiful, easy for snowshoeing

hiking
23 days ago

Easy climb, well maintained trail and stellar payoff at the end. The snow wasn’t too bad, yet, either. we didn’t need snow shoes or special gear at all, just warm shoes.

walking
25 days ago

This was a beautiful trail during the winter. I’m sure he would look nice in the summer as well but with the snow, takes your breath away. The facilities were closed for maintenance or something so the only facilities were at Leavenworth itself. There was a fair amount of people and everyone was having fun with snowball fights and snowman. Highly recommend to anyone of all skill levels

Great trail. Some water on trail from all of the rain. Right along the river for about half of the trail. 3 beautiful bridges. Very well maintained and not very technical.

Visit it in winter should be much more beautiful than other seasons as there are snow everywhere, not just around the cave.

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