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.

  • #1 John Wayne Pioneer Trail (West)

    5 Reviews

    North Bend, WA

    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 ...
    •  113 miles
    •  Guide

    The John Wayne Pioneer Trail crosses most of Washington State. The developed portion lies within the Iron Horse State Park. ...

  • #2 Olympic Hot Springs

    3 Reviews

    Port Angeles, WA

    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 ...
    •  4.4 miles
    •  Guide

    A half-dozen wilderness soaking pools sprinkled along a hillside above Boulder Creek in Olympic National Park. Locals used ...

  • #3 Baker Hot Spring

    3 Reviews

    Mount Vernon, WA

    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 ...
    •  1 miles
    •  Guide

    An easily accessible soaking pool in a forest glen surrounded by cedars and Douglas fir. After being jostled on the bumpy ...

  • #4 Cabin Creek Nordic Ski Area

    5 Reviews

    Easton, WA

    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 ...
    •  4 hours
    •  10 miles
    •  Guide

    The title of “most popular” of the Interstate 90 sno-parks could be a bit daunting, if you thought you were heading out to ...

  • #5 Artist Point

    3 Reviews

    Glacier, WA

    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 glaci ...
    •  4 hours
    •  5.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Artist Point may have earned its name because of the oft-captured image of the broad meadows filled with summer wildflowers, ...

  • #6 June Lake

    3 Reviews

    Cougar, WA

    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 ...
    •  3 hours
    •  5 miles
    •  Guide

    Exploring the June Lake Trail on snowshoes, with the deep old forest, wide lake basin, and crashing waterfall all swaddled ...

  • #7 Keechelus Lake and John Wayne Trail

    2 Reviews

    Hyak, WA

    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, ...
    •  3 hours
    •  4 miles
    •  Guide

    Well, pardner, if you’re looking for a gentle but rustic outing, John Wayne can help you out. The old railroad right-of-way ...

  • #8 Mount Spokane State Park

    1 Reviews

    Spokane, WA

    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 ...
    •  2 - 8 hours
    •  17 miles
    •  Guide

    With its wide variety of groomed trails, excellent warming huts, and exquisite scenery, Mount Spokane is the best-organized ...

  • #9 The Iron Horse Trail

    0 Reviews

    North Bend, WA

    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 ...
    •  Up to 6 hours
    •  15 miles
    •  Guide

    A nearly level tour? Perfect for beginners and young families? Ideal for skating or an aerobic diagonal-stride workout? Yes, ...

  • #10 Galbraith Mountain

    2 Reviews

    Bellingham, WA

    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 ...
    •  2 to 4 hours
    •  30 miles
    •  Guide

    More than thirty individual trails and numerous gravel access roads weave throughout the forest of Bellingham’s Galbraith ...

  • #11 Falls Creek Shuttle

    3 Reviews

    Carson, WA

    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 ...
    •  2 to 3 hours
    •  15.8 miles
    •  Guide

    Waterfalls, sponge cake –like trail, and lava caves provide this route with all the ingredients for a great mountain bike ...

  • #12 Spokane River Centennial Trail

    1 Reviews

    Spokane, WA

    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 ...
    •  37 miles
    •  Guide

    Welcome to 37 miles of paved riverfront trail in a region that receives a meager 11 inches of rain per year. The sun shines ...

  • #13 Echo Ridge

    1 Reviews

    Chelan, WA

    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 ...
    •  5 hours
    •  13 miles
    •  Guide

    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 ...

  • #14 Old Blewett Pass Highway

    0 Reviews

    Cle Elum, WA

    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 ...
    •  4 hours
    •  8 miles
    •  Guide

    This is a tale of a name that would not die. When the highway was built across the mountains from Ellensburg to Wenatchee, ...

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

    1 Reviews

    Trout Lake, WA

    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 ...
    •  2 hours
    •  4 miles
    •  Guide

    The roar, the snarl, and the belching exhaust of the snowmobiles at the popular Atkisson Sno-Park is enough to scare away ...

  • #16 Wallace Falls Railway Trail

    2 Reviews

    Gold Bar, WA

    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 ...
    •  5 miles
    •  Guide

    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 ...

  • #17 Stevens Pass Cross-Country

    1 Reviews

    Leavenworth, WA

    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 ...
    •  5 hours
    •  15 miles
    •  Guide

    This cleverly designed cross-country ski area is molded into the restrictive confines of the shoe-box–shaped Mill Creek valley. ...

  • #18 Loup Loup Ski Area - Bear Mountain

    1 Reviews

    Twisp, WA

    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 ...
    •  2 hours - all day
    •  20 miles
    •  Guide

    Virtually unknown to the skiing community of the state of Washington is a gem of an area at Loup Loup Pass. The area, operated ...

  • #19 Lanham Lake

    1 Reviews

    Leavenworth, WA

    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 ...
    •  3 hours
    •  3.2 miles
    •  Guide

    This narrow forest trail climbs gently alongside a gurgling ice-rimmed creek and leads to a picturesque alpine lake. The ...

  • #20 Keechelus Ridge

    2 Reviews

    Snoqualmie Pass, WA

    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 ...
    •  5 hours
    •  6.4 miles
    •  Guide

    Snowshoers who like to climb will love this route. Although the trail is broad and easy to follow all the way to the ridge ...