Best Cross-Country Skiing in Washington

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

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#1. John Wayne Pioneer Trail (West)


The John Wayne Pioneer Trail crosses most of Washington State. The developed portion lies within the Iron Horse State Park. It parallels I–90 from Cedar Falls, near North Bend, to Kittitas, then drops…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Washington & Oregon"
North Bend, WA - Birding, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails - 113 miles Best Trail in wa - Click to view allBestBirding, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#2. Olympic Hot Springs


A half-dozen wilderness soaking pools sprinkled along a hillside above Boulder Creek in Olympic National Park. Locals used to call the area “Triple 21 Hot Springs”—2,100 feet in elevation, 21 miles fr…
From the guidebook "Touring Hot Springs Washington and Oregon"
Port Angeles, WA - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Scenic Drives - 4.4 miles BestCross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Scenic Drives Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#3. Cabin Creek Nordic Ski Area


The title of “most popular” of the Interstate 90 sno-parks could be a bit daunting, if you thought you were heading out to explore the winter’s peace and wonders in quiet solitude. On weekends the par…
From the guidebook "100 Best Cross-Country Ski Trails in Washington"
Easton, WA - Cross-Country Skiing - 10 miles BestCross-Country Skiing Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#4. Baker Hot Spring


An easily accessible soaking pool in a forest glen surrounded by cedars and Douglas fir. After being jostled on the bumpy forest road that leads to the parking area, you’ll savor the hushed quiet of t…
From the guidebook "Touring Hot Springs Washington and Oregon"
Mount Vernon, WA - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Off-Highway Drives, Snowshoeing - 1 mile BestCross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Off-Highway Drives, Snowshoeing Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#5. Artist Point


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…
From the guidebook "Snowshoe Routes: Washington"
Glacier, WA - Cross-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing - 5.5 miles BestCross-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#6. June Lake


Exploring the June Lake Trail on snowshoes, with the deep old forest, wide lake basin, and crashing waterfall all swaddled in a blanket of white, is the only way to enjoy the truly wild nature of…
From the guidebook "Snowshoe Routes: Washington"
Cougar, WA - Cross-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing - 5 miles BestCross-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#7. Keechelus Lake and John Wayne Trail


Well, pardner, if you’re looking for a gentle but rustic outing, John Wayne can help you out. The old railroad right-of-way that runs across the state is known as the John Wayne State Park, while…
From the guidebook "Snowshoe Routes: Washington"
Hyak, WA - Cross-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing - 4 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#8. Mount Spokane State Park


With its wide variety of groomed trails, excellent warming huts, and exquisite scenery, Mount Spokane is the best-organized and most expansive sno-park facility in the state. The 17 miles of immaculat…
From the guidebook "100 Best Cross-Country Ski Trails in Washington"
Spokane, WA - Cross-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing - 17 miles BestCross-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#9. Galbraith Mountain


More than thirty individual trails and numerous gravel access roads weave throughout the forest of Bellingham’s Galbraith Mountain like a spider’s web gone wrong. Navigating the labyrinth of thigh-bur…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking the Puget Sound Area"
Bellingham, WA - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Trail Running - 30 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#10. Falls Creek Shuttle


Waterfalls, sponge cake –like trail, and lava caves provide this route with all the ingredients for a great mountain bike ride. It’s a 16-mile moderate shuttle ride that can be made into a loop by rid…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Washington"
Carson, WA - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking - 15.8 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#11. Spokane River Centennial Trail


Welcome to 37 miles of paved riverfront trail in a region that receives a meager 11 inches of rain per year. The sun shines on the Spokane River, rapids rush downriver, and bridges criss-cross the wat…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Washington & Oregon"
Spokane, WA - Birding, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Rail-Trails, Road Biking - 37 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#12. The Iron Horse Trail


A nearly level tour? Perfect for beginners and young families? Ideal for skating or an aerobic diagonal-stride workout? Yes, yes, and yes! For this rare gem of a tour we can thank the hard-working Rai…
From the guidebook "100 Best Cross-Country Ski Trails in Washington"
North Bend, WA - Cross-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing - 15 miles BestCross-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#13. Echo Ridge


Echo Ridge Sno-Park is the result of hard work on the part of the Lake Chelan Nordic Club and the personnel of the Chelan Ranger District. This sno-park provides skiers with a machine-free area wher…
From the guidebook "100 Best Cross-Country Ski Trails in Washington"
Chelan, WA - Cross-Country Skiing - 13 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#14. Old Blewett Pass Highway


This is a tale of a name that would not die. When the highway was built across the mountains from Ellensburg to Wenatchee, it was given the name of Blewett Pass Highway, in recognition of the narrow d…
From the guidebook "100 Best Cross-Country Ski Trails in Washington"
Cle Elum, WA - Cross-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing - 8 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#15. Atkisson Sno-Park: Ice Cave / Natural Bridges / Peterson Ridge


The roar, the snarl, and the belching exhaust of the snowmobiles at the popular Atkisson Sno-Park is enough to scare away any skier. However, if you can get past the noise-shock of the parking area, y…
From the guidebook "100 Best Cross-Country Ski Trails in Washington"
Trout Lake, WA - Cross-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing - 4 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#16. Wallace Falls Railway Trail


On this trek you’ll head uphill on a railroad grade for 2.5 miles. Then a 1.5-mile ascent continues on a narrow walking trail up steep switchbacks, through deep woods, and over wooden bridges to spect…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Washington & Oregon"
Gold Bar, WA - Birding, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails - 5 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#17. Stevens Pass Cross-Country


This cleverly designed cross-country ski area is molded into the restrictive confines of the shoe-box–shaped Mill Creek valley. The creative designers of this stepchild of the Steven Pass Resort have…
From the guidebook "100 Best Cross-Country Ski Trails in Washington"
Leavenworth, WA - Cross-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing - 15 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#18. Lanham Lake


This narrow forest trail climbs gently alongside a gurgling ice-rimmed creek and leads to a picturesque alpine lake. The trail is often attempted by cross-country skiers, but the narrow path and thick…
From the guidebook "Snowshoe Routes: Washington"
Leavenworth, WA - Cross-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing - 3.2 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#19. Loup Loup Ski Area - Bear Mountain


Virtually unknown to the skiing community of the state of Washington is a gem of an area at Loup Loup Pass. The area, operated by the Loup Loup Ski Resort, has fun intermixed with thrills and spills f…
From the guidebook "100 Best Cross-Country Ski Trails in Washington"
Twisp, WA - Cross-Country Skiing - 20 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#20. Keechelus Ridge


Snowshoers who like to climb will love this route. Although the trail is broad and easy to follow all the way to the ridge crest, ample opportunities exist for those who want to show off their climbin…
From the guidebook "Snowshoe Routes: Washington"
Snoqualmie Pass, WA - Cross-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing - 6.4 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books