Best Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding in Washington

This list represents the most popular backcountry skiing & snowboarding in Washington. Use this list to plan your next Washington backcountry skiing & snowboarding trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

  • #1 Granite Mountain

    4 Reviews

    North Bend, WA

    Granite Mountain is that gleaming bulk across Interstate 90 from Humpback Mountain. This is the premier tour in the Snoqualmie Pass area because of its huge south-side runs of varying difficulty, ...
    •  6 hours
    •  8 miles
    •  Guide

    Granite Mountain is that gleaming bulk across Interstate 90 from Humpback Mountain. This is the premier tour in the Snoqualmie ...

  • #2 Muir Snowfield

    2 Reviews

    Longmire, WA

    The broad, low-angle southern apron of Mount Rainier rises from Paradise at 5,440 feet to Camp Muir at 10,060 feet. Early season tours (October to November) offer the best combination of snow ...
    •  6 hours
    •  9 miles
    •  Guide

    The broad, low-angle southern apron of Mount Rainier rises from Paradise at 5,440 feet to Camp Muir at 10,060 feet. Early ...

  • #3 Icicle Ridge

    1 Reviews

    Leavenworth, WA

    “Icicle” is an interpretation of the native word “nasikelt” meaning “steep-sided canyon.” The ridge forming the northern boundary of Icicle Canyon is indeed steep-sided, but by climbing it lengthwise ...
    •  9 hours
    •  14 miles
    •  Guide

    “Icicle” is an interpretation of the native word “nasikelt” meaning “steep-sided canyon.” The ridge forming the northern ...

  • #4 Ingalls Peak

    1 Reviews

    Cle Elum, WA

    Ingalls Peak lies 2 miles west of Mount Stuart in a scenic, easily accessible area. Crowded in summer, the area is less populous in winter—the snow cover markedly diminishes the number of visitors. ...
    •  8 hours
    •  11 miles
    •  Guide

    Ingalls Peak lies 2 miles west of Mount Stuart in a scenic, easily accessible area. Crowded in summer, the area is less populous ...

  • #5 Mount Pilchuck

    0 Reviews

    Granite Falls, WA

    Mount Pilchuck is the western outpost of the Cascades between Mount Baker and Snoqualmie Pass. Its forested southwestern slopes and summit are clearly visible from Everett and, to a lesser degree, ...
    •  3-5 hours
    •  4 miles
    •  Guide

    Mount Pilchuck is the western outpost of the Cascades between Mount Baker and Snoqualmie Pass. Its forested southwestern ...

  • #6 Silver King

    1 Reviews

    Greenwater, WA

    Directly south of the Crystal Mountain ski area are three basins: Silver, Campbell, and Crystal. Slopes in these basins provide fine skiing. Silver Basin is now fully incorporated into the Crystal ...
    •  4 hours
    •  5 miles
    •  Guide

    Directly south of the Crystal Mountain ski area are three basins: Silver, Campbell, and Crystal. Slopes in these basins provide ...

  • #7 Heather and Maple Passes

    1 Reviews

    Mazama, WA

    Rainy Pass is the entry point for a number of tours accessible from the North Cascades Highway. This area is far enough east to offer an alternative to west-side tours made risky due to bad weather. ...
    •  6 hours
    •  7 miles
    •  Guide

    Rainy Pass is the entry point for a number of tours accessible from the North Cascades Highway. This area is far enough east ...

  • #8 Diamond Head

    0 Reviews

    Liberty, WA

    The high point of US 97 between US 2 and Interstate 90 is called “Swauk” by the USFS and “Blewett” by WSDOT. While the terrain near here does not offer large-scale descents, the snow quality ...
    •  5 hours
    •  5 miles
    •  Guide

    The high point of US 97 between US 2 and Interstate 90 is called “Swauk” by the USFS and “Blewett” by WSDOT. While the terrain ...

  • #9 Heather Ridge (Skyline Ridge)

    0 Reviews

    Skykomish, WA

    Heather Ridge is the mountain directly across US 2 from the Stevens Pass ski area. It is unmarked on Green Trails maps. Heather Ridge is sometimes called Skyline Ridge, perhaps after Skyline ...
    •  4+ hours
    •  3 miles
    •  Guide

    Heather Ridge is the mountain directly across US 2 from the Stevens Pass ski area. It is unmarked on Green Trails maps. Heather ...

  • #10 Silver Peak

    0 Reviews

    North Bend, WA

    Silver Peak was among the first of the Snoqualmie peaks to be climbed on skis and remains a popular objective. A scenic approach, suitable for skis or snowshoes, can be made from the Hyak/Pacific ...
    •  7 hours
    •  8 miles
    •  Guide

    Silver Peak was among the first of the Snoqualmie peaks to be climbed on skis and remains a popular objective. A scenic approach, ...

  • #11 Mount Saint Helens

    0 Reviews

    Cougar, WA

    Mount Saint Helens is an ideal winter tour because it is accessible, large, and wonderful. It is a good tour for snowboarders—gullies and wind scoops make perfect half pipes, and you can descend ...
    •  8 hours
    •  8 miles
    •  Guide

    Mount Saint Helens is an ideal winter tour because it is accessible, large, and wonderful. It is a good tour for snowboarders—gullies ...

  • #12 Chowder Ridge

    1 Reviews

    Glacier, WA

    Chowder Ridge offers a wild, scenic approach and excellent early and late-season skiing over moderate terrain. In good weather, spectacular views of Mounts Baker and Shuksan and the American ...
    •  8-12 hours
    •  10 miles
    •  Guide

    Chowder Ridge offers a wild, scenic approach and excellent early and late-season skiing over moderate terrain. In good weather, ...

  • #13 Big Chief Mountain

    0 Reviews

    Skykomish, WA

    Big Chief Mountain is the high point of the ridge radiating northeast from Tyee–Mill Creek saddle at Stevens Pass ski area. A brief passage through the ski area elevates the backcountry skier ...
    •  6 hours
    •  7 miles
    •  Guide

    Big Chief Mountain is the high point of the ridge radiating northeast from Tyee–Mill Creek saddle at Stevens Pass ski area. ...

  • #14 Three Fingers

    0 Reviews

    Granite Falls, WA

    Three Fingers and its companion, Whitehorse, are an unmistakable sight to the east from the flatlands near Everett. The gleaming Queest Alb Glacier leads to the saddle between South and Middle ...
    •  10 hours
    •  13 miles
    •  Guide

    Three Fingers and its companion, Whitehorse, are an unmistakable sight to the east from the flatlands near Everett. The gleaming ...

  • #15 Humpback Mountain

    1 Reviews

    North Bend, WA

    Humpback Mountain rises 3,000 feet above the Interstate 90 corridor, but its public face doesn’t display its virtue. It is the southwest shoulder that sometimes offers reasonable skiing in spring ...
    •  6 hours
    •  9 miles
    •  Guide

    Humpback Mountain rises 3,000 feet above the Interstate 90 corridor, but its public face doesn’t display its virtue. It is ...

  • #16 Goat Rocks

    0 Reviews

    Packwood, WA

    Goat Rocks is the glaciated massif visible to the southeast from the Muir Snow field. This area accumulates large amounts of snow. As late as Memorial Day, the area is still locked in the grip ...
    •  14 hours
    •  17 miles
    •  Guide

    Goat Rocks is the glaciated massif visible to the southeast from the Muir Snow field. This area accumulates large amounts ...

  • #17 Big Jim Mountain

    0 Reviews

    Leavenworth, WA

    Big Jim Mountain is a tall, relatively gentle peak on the northeast corner of Icicle Ridge. The initial portions of the approach are steep. But even if you don’t make a summit attempt, the larch ...
    •  10 hours
    •  14 miles
    •  Guide

    Big Jim Mountain is a tall, relatively gentle peak on the northeast corner of Icicle Ridge. The initial portions of the approach ...

  • #18 Alpine Lookout

    0 Reviews

    Leavenworth, WA

    Alpine Lookout lies 2.5 miles northwest of Round Mountain, the eastern end of Nason Ridge. Although this tour has a long approach, the descent is fairly fast because it is all downhill, and moderate ...
    •  12 hours
    •  18 miles
    •  Guide

    Alpine Lookout lies 2.5 miles northwest of Round Mountain, the eastern end of Nason Ridge. Although this tour has a long ...

  • #19 Chiwaukum Mountains

    0 Reviews

    Leavenworth, WA

    This approach to the Chiwaukum Range makes sense because it provides access to the heart of this high range via a scenic if lengthy approach. And there is parking, unlike the Coulter Ski Trail ...
    •  12 hours
    •  16 miles
    •  Guide

    This approach to the Chiwaukum Range makes sense because it provides access to the heart of this high range via a scenic ...

  • #20 Cashmere Mountain

    0 Reviews

    Leavenworth, WA

    Cashmere Mountain is another enigmatic giant of the Cascades: tall, beautiful, and remote. Because of its location, the mountain, named after the region in Asia, does not host many alpine en ...
    •  14 hours
    •  18 miles
    •  Guide

    Cashmere Mountain is another enigmatic giant of the Cascades: tall, beautiful, and remote. Because of its location, the mountain, ...