Snowshoe Routes Washington  by Dan A. Nelson

Snowshoe Routes: Washington Guide Book

by Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)
Snowshoe Routes Washington  by Dan A. Nelson
Snowshoe Routes: Washington, 3rd Edition puts you on the 100 best trails in the state, all within easy driving from major cities! Among other improvements, this new edition offers an expanded at-a-glance chart, featuring new categories for camping options, parking places, dog-friendly routes, and relative avalanche risk. In addition, routes have been reorganized into 9 regions.

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Trails from the "Snowshoe Routes: Washington" Guide Book
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Sometimes it’s nice to cut a switchback or two; to go where skiers and snowmobilers can’t; to work up a sweat on a cold day while enjoying spectacular local scenery and distant views. This trail offers all that. A road loops, bobs, and weaves its way to the top of the mountain, but snowshoers don’t need roads. There is enough open country on the side of the mountain that snowshoers can just point their shoes uphill and go, jumping onto the road when necessary to avoid particularly steep pitches or brambly clearcuts.
Easton, WA - Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 8
This is a winter scramble up a ruthlessly steep trail, but the views and the scenery along the way are unmatched. Although the trail may be demanding, it is a route used only by snowshoers. Many of the other trails in this area are so dominated by cross-country skiers and snowmobilers that snowshoers will welcome the workout, knowing that they don’t have to share the trail with noisy speedsters.
Naches, WA - Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 5.6
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Artist Point may have earned its name because of the oft-captured image of the broad meadows filled with summer wildflowers, backed by the towering rock summit of Mount Shuksan and the glacier-crowned Mount Baker, but many feel the area is even more beautiful and worthy of reproduction on film or canvas when shrouded with snow. There is no formal trail, but climbing through the trees and meadows is easy with snowshoes. Pick the path of least resistance. The best bet is to climb steeply, but angle just a bit to the left on the ascent to avoid the steepest pitches. The summit is about 0.5 mile from the pass.
Glacier, WA - Cross-Country Skiing,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 5.5
Bagley Lakes draws far fewer recreationists than nearby Artist Point, which is a great reason to visit here. The snowshoeing is equally easy, the winter scenery is stunning—although the views aren’t quite as grand—and the route is far less crowded.
Glacier, WA - Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 2
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This trail is largely ignored by skiers and snowmobilers despite its glorious wilderness-like atmosphere and stunning scenery
Granite Falls, WA - Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 10
Want a walk through a gorgeous winter wonderland without a sweaty climb up a steep trail? This route offers all the beauty and majesty found in the wintry mountains without the strenuous workout usually required to see such splendor. It is perfect for taking the family on a gentle snowshoe stroll or for introducing newbies to the joys of snowshoeing. The trail is wide--actually, most of the "trail" is on a section of the unplowed Mountain Loop Highway--and flat, so first-timers can get the feel for walking on snowshoes without having to worry about climbing, crossing, or descending steep slopes. But despite its mild nature, this trail accesses some truly wild country.
Granite Falls, WA - Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 7
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This route offers a bit of human history as well as a glorious exploration of natural history, in the form of deep old forest and an abundance of wildlife.
Port Angeles, WA - Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 14
The best way to enjoy this scenic wonderland is by spending the night beside the high mountain lake. By taking at least two days to complete the trek, you can enjoy the views and scenery to their utmost.
Granite Falls, WA - Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 11.6-11.9 miles
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This trail has high, subalpine meadows blanketed in deep snow, wonderful views of the surrounding craggy peaks, and an array of destination options to assure solitude for those who want it. The trail climbs steeply, and there are some serious avalanche slopes around the area, so snowshoers here need to be ready for a workout and must know how to recognize and avoid avalanche dangers. But when the conditions are stable, this is a wonderful winter world to explore and experience.
Enumclaw, WA - Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 4.5
This trail climbs steadily but gradually, piercing rich second-growth forests full of wildlife and winter wonders. At the trail’s end, you’ll find views down into the green-gray valley of Busywild Creek. Beyond the creek stretch the long gray hills of the Rainier Timber Company’s tree farms, and to the east lie the old-growth stands of the Glacier View Wilderness abutting Mount Rainier National Park.
Ashford, WA - Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 6.5
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The route to Camp Muir is long, strenuous, and very susceptible to poor weather, but it can also be incredibly beautiful, with views that can’t be found anywhere else.
Elbe, WA - Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 10
Snowshoes make easy work of this trail, climbing gently as it does through deep, dry-side forests to end at the site of a pretty little waterfall. The cascade is rather unspectacular in summer months, but cloaked in snow and ice, the falls becomes a wonderful work of water art.
Winthrop, WA - Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 5.6
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This narrow wilderness trail follows Chiwaukum Creek upstream to a junction with several other trails, providing opportunities for unbounded rambling in the winter wonderlands of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Most snowshoers, though, will find plenty of beautiful country, awesome views, and outstanding snowshoeing along the first 5 miles of the trail.
Leavenworth, WA - Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 10.4
The Coal Creek valley is the first large valley leading north away from the Mountain Loop Highway, and it offers outstanding opportunities to trek through untouched meadows, open stands of forest, and along clear, sparkling creeks.
Granite Falls, WA - Cross-Country Skiing,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 6
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For those snowshoers who like to just get out and walk for miles without worrying about the intricacies of routefinding in deep snow, the Coal Pass trek is a great option. The route follows a wide roadbed as it climbs from the forested Glacier Creek valley to the open views in Coal Pass.
Glacier, WA - Cross-Country Skiing,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 10
Starting with an easy stroll along a wide trail in a narrow creek valley, this trek offers a taste of all the best winter has to offer. The trail climbs away from the valley bottom after a few miles and presents two choices: a modest climb along a wide road to a high promontory with great views of Mount Baker, or a longer, more strenuous climb along the narrow, forested path on Heliotrope Ridge.
Glacier, WA - Cross-Country Skiing,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 9
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Commonwealth Basin affords excellent views of the iron-rich flanks of Red Mountain, although snowshoers will be at a loss to explore the source for the mountain’s name since it is covered in a deep quilt of white snow all winter. There are also excellent views up to Kendall Peak and Snoqualmie Mountain from the basin.
North Bend, WA - Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 10
Thank goodness the Salmon la Sac area has plenty of roads because they keep the snowmobilers off quiet trails like this one that parallels Cooper River upstream to Cooper Lake. This route is occasionally used by cross-country skiers, but more often than not, snowshoers will find they have the wide, pretty trail all to themselves.
Cle Elum, WA - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 8
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The Copper Creek Hut lacks the expansive views of some of the other huts in the Mount Tahoma Trails Association system, but it is an ideal destination for families and novice snowshoers looking for a comfortable winter camping experience.
Ashford, WA - Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 8.8
Starting at the shore of a wide lake basin, this route has views of pretty peaks, meandering creeks—sometimes in old-growth forest settings, sometimes weaving gracefully through open meadows—and long, panoramic views of the South Cascade summits and deep canyons of the eastern foothills.
Packwood, WA - Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 9
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