What makes nature lovers happy in Seattle?
The list is long! Forests, lakes, mountains, the Pacific Ocean, three national parks … But furthermore, the fact that each season offers new landscapes and new adventures. In winter, when nature is at rest, the mountains welcome snow and, at the same time, winter sports enthusiasts. Skiing of course, but also ice climbing for the more adventurous and, for others, snowshoeing. A snowshoe outing, nothing exciting right? A sport which however lends itself well to all ages and which allows you to enjoy the white landscapes, at your own pace, while breaking a sweat. Snowshoeing is a work out!
And for those looking for a thrill, the risk of avalanche is always present. However, do not jump too quickly out of joy, you could quickly be rolled over by snow. Caution is advised! While there are many snowshoeing routes in the Cascades along Highway 2, the slopes are steep.
For children (and everyone in fact), it is also a chance to make snow angels or start a snowball fight.
Where to snowshoe around Seattle?
Less than two hours from downtown Seattle! Drive to Stevens Pass on Hwy 2 towards Leavenworth – a touristic town whose architecture resembles a Bavarian village. From there, depending on your level, various routes open to you. Here are the routes (with a paid pass) from Stevens Pass Nordic Center or park at Stevens Pass (free), put on your snowshoes, and enjoy a nice walk up to Skyline Lake.
Join a group with a guide. The system works by donation ($ 15 recommended but not required).
In terms of equipment, snowshoes can be rented at the Nordic Center. If you develop an affinity for this winter sport, consider buying a pair.
Happy hike in our winter wonderland!