Explore the most popular snowshoeing 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.

snowshoeing
9 hours ago

Went on this hike today and it was beautiful! A little tough getting up the mountain but the views were worth it! We also ended up taking a different path that veered off of the hex mountain trail which ended up being a mile shorter which was perfect. Great hike!

hiking
muddy
snow
12 hours ago

Did this hike today and only needed Micro spike or diamond grips for secure traction. I recommend treking poles to prevent tripping over exposed rocks and tree roots. Enjoyed eating snacks in the heating hut back at the Marble Mountain sno park, it's open but please pack it out.

snowshoeing
16 hours ago

This was a fun, but challenging snowshoe!! The distance listed was a little off however. From the road that you have to start on due to snow closing the forest road, the total out and back distance was ~7.75Miles. It is a trek uphill, but the view at the top is ABSOLUTELY worth it. There are a couple of false summits so don’t be fooled. The view at the top is panoramic.

snowshoeing
snow
23 hours ago

I went up trail 110, and head down 140, made it back to the parking lot on trail 100. It was a great loop and I’ll do it again.

hiking
23 hours ago

Hiked ice caves twice, well worth it. Easy hike, may need micro spikes in some areas of ice and snow.

snowshoeing
snow
1 day ago

Came in from the south side. Snowline was around 2800 and that's where we parked. Road is fine all the way up and over the pass. About 3 ft of snow at the pass. Turned around on the north side where the creek from Chucks Lake crosses the road - snow was starting to thin there. Would I go again? Probably not. We saw a couple of 'good ol' boys' in 4-wheel drives, and that's the last thing I want to see snowshoeing, but I guess that's to be expected since it was an open forest road. At least we didn't encounter any of those obnoxious snowmobiles.

hiking
1 day ago

Gorgeous

Clear weather, Only saw 2 groups on the trail. Most if the elevation gain is in the first 2 ish miles. Snow / ice showed up half of a mile from the fork. The trek down to the lake had a good amount of snow/ice. I recorded 5 mi to the top.

hiking
2 days ago

Trail is well maintained at this time. Some trees have fallen over the trail and will need to be removed, but isn’t impeding movement along the trail or hazardous. Trail is steep going up and of course, going down. Bring walking polls. Weather today was raining with evidence of snow below the tree line on the west side of the mountain face 3 miles up. Traction devices are recommended. Once you clear the tree line and cross the Talus field, you will need traction devices due to the exposure on the north face and due to the icy conditions. Expect windy and icy conditions over the next few days as the low pressure system passes through. The mailbox is full at this time. Be sure to drop something off into the mailbox prior to your departure. Sunset during month of January is around 5 pm. Be sure to plan your trip accordingly.

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

hiking
5 days ago

We started up at 5 am to see the sun rise. Up through light snow and thick frozen clouds. At the ridge we were above the clouds and it was beautiful. 24°. Took our dog and we were alone the entire hike, perfect! Real cold and windy up there but so worth it. Not that hard a hike, I’m 68. Took snowshoes but only needed spikes the entire way. Great views!

There was some confusion if we should take ext 52 or 47 thanks to Apple maps. We chose to go with ext 47. The gate to the FSR is closed. We parked on the street near the gate. It was Sunday afternoon so there were plenty of places to park. We knew that we would be racing against the sun but are pretty fit, experienced, and prepared. There is ice on the two mile stretch of road you have to hike to get to the trail head. The trail itself is covered in snow and ice. I would not have attempted this trail without micro spikes. With warmer temps I was careful to stay on the trail and not get too close to the edge (could easily slip or snow could give way on the cliff side). Round trip this hike ends up about 8 miles. From the gate and back it took us about 2.5 hours round trip, including our stop at the falls.

Beautiful and fun hike! the hardest part for me was closer to the top where all the rocks and boulders were but other than that definitely doable and so worth it. its a popular hike so definitely prepare for that and be sure to have a parking pass or get one at the station just a few miles before the hike.

hiking
6 days ago

Beautiful trail, arrived at 9:45 am on a Saturday and would recommend going a bit earlier. The hike itself gave a great view of the forests and the cascades at some point. Waterproof shoes are a must, the trail became a creek at times. Lots of cute dogs, saw a small avalanche on the far side of the lake (didn’t interfere with the trail.) I recommend a down layer if you’re planning on sitting near the lake at all, the sun doesn’t get into the valley at all due to it rising and setting so far south.

snowshoeing
6 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!

hiking
6 days ago

Beautiful hike! Not much to see on the way up but the lake is stunning. Pretty easy if you’re in some sort of shape. Ice and snow when you’re pretty much to the top. Definitely doable without spikes and poles but HIGHLY RECOMMEND waterproof shoes and layers for up tops. The sun didn’t breach the ridge line so the whole lake was shaded the entire day. We got to trailhead at 9:15 and there weren’t too many people but trail was definitely crowded on our way back down. Would not recommend going on ice.

snowshoeing
6 days ago

The views from this hike were spectacular but I will echo what others have said: it was steep! So be prepared for that and snowshoes or spikes are required. The trail to the lake branches off from the service road soon after the first tower, however if you go up to the second tour you will be rewarding with sweeping views of the back country.

Such a nice hike! I packed extra layers & I’m so glad I did. They were needed at the top, once you stop moving it gets really cold, but the view is worth it!

It's one of my favorite training Runs

hiking
6 days ago

Beautiful day with our friends on this winter hike. We definitely needed our Yak Tracks for the snow at the top! Gortex boots made the stream crossing simple.

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.

hiking
6 days ago

We went on 1/11/19. Definitely need waterproof shoes on this one. You have to cross through quite a bit of water, not deep water. We didn’t have Microspikes and we were fine. I used trekking poles once we got to the icey part of the trail. When you get to the lake it is vey beautiful. The lake was almost completely frozen over. We had lunch at the top and it was very cold just sitting there. Hiking warmed you up, but when you stood still for too long it got cold fast. We did the loop around the lake and the snow was deeper there. Worth it to see all the angles of the lake. At the end my Fitbit said 5.50 miles. And yes, just like everyone else said the pot holes are bad on the way to the trail head. Just take your time driving and you’ll be fine. We saw all kinds of little cars that made it too.

Very challenging but worth it. Beautiful scenery.

on Snow Lake Trail

hiking
7 days ago

I hiked on Friday. This was my first time doing a snow hiking so it’s little bit difficult for me. Just made 2/3 of the trail because the snow was deeper in the last 1/3 and the trail was so narrow. I def. hike again with a better preparation to complete the trail. The scenery was very beautiful tho.

hiking
7 days ago

Hiked as far as we could today- a recent avvy slide completely demolished the rest of the trail right before reaching the lake. Multiple hikers that got there before us said they tried going around it right, then left, and ultimately couldn’t make it to the lake. Some of them had GPS and still didn’t make it to the lake.
Otherwise a beautiful hike! There was a decent amount of snow, although we didn’t need snowshoes. We just had microspikes and we were absolutely fine. The snow on the trail was decently padded down when we went and it was warm enough that there was no ice- the microspikes just gave us good grip on compact snow.
Didn’t see any extreme signs of imminent avvy danger, besides the recent slide that ended up stopping our hike early. There is water running through the trail area and one stream was noticeably running underneath a small snowfield, but it wasn’t too steep of a grade and didn’t concern me.

7 days ago

This is one of those hikes I could do and never get tired of. I only do this one in the winter for the scenery.

Climbed this one in the winter. Definitely need a 4x4 and snow chains to make it to the TH. Recommended to have knowledge of avalanche safety for the winter route, as there are 3-4 hazardous areas of crossing. Overall, a fair bank for your buck.

Snowshoes optional here but helpful at an avalanche near the end of this trail. The trail has a couple of shallow creeks to cross so poles are good to keep balance and get up either side of the creeks. Most people were turning back at the avalanche because the trail went away at that point and there were low clouds so the view would have been non existent anyway. The hike ended up being about 3.3 miles versus 3.8.

Got to 5134’ up Red Mountain on snow shoes. Need ice axe and crampons to to continue to summit. Very steep grade. Was tricky getting down. Will try again when the snow conditions and weather is good with my partner and the right equipment and probably ropes.

It looks like 1-2 people summited early in the day with crampons and skied down.

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