Snowshoe Routes: Washington
by Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)
© 2015 Dan A. Nelson/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.
Good snow, beautiful vista. Steep climb. Bit short though.
GPS is the only real way to see the lake, as it's buried in snow.
First of all...check out the eTrails....great way to preview a book or try out a new area. Now to the snowshoe trip. Our day began as any other, loaded up the Subaru and we were on our way to the mountains. On our way to Leavenworth for the holiday, we decided to do a quick snowshoe trip at Steven's Pass. This route is great for folks just starting or for folks wanted to get away from the crowds at the ski area. Parking is in the lot across from the main ski area...really easy to find. From the parking lot, we snowshoed pass families sledding on the lower slopes by a few cabins. Soon enough the snow covered logging road began to gain a little elevation...but don't be afraid of that (We saw a 5 year old out here snowshoeing.) There were lot's of opportunity to "cut" some of the switchbacks to explore some of the wooded wonders. Routefinding was a peice of cake. We climbed for under an hour. As we reached the top, the wind picked up quite strongly. We chose not to continue to the radio tower...although we were really close. We paused and had lunch as we watched hundreds of skier and snowboarders enjoying themselves on the slopes across from us. A short jaunt down the slope, pausing to jump some drifts and avoid some sledders. Then back to the car and off to Leavenworth for some sangria.
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