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Winter Snowshoe Program at Snoqualmie Pass

Winter Snowshoe Program at Snoqualmie Pass

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**Reservations for Winter 2020 snowshoe walks at Snoqualmie Pass will open to the public on December 6, 2019 at 10 AM.**

Snowshoes are provided for all walks. For how to put on snowshoes, check out our instructional video.

For directions to Snoqualmie Pass Visitor Center, please read these instructions. For mapped directions, please click here or use this address: NF-9041, Snoqualmie Pass 98068.

For more information about the program, or to cancel or make changes to an existing reservation, please email USForestService_SnoqualmiePass (at) discovernw.org. Starting Thursday, January 2, 2020, visitors may call the Snoqualmie Pass Visitor Center at (425)-434-6111 with questions and/or reservation requests.

90 Minute walk. Join this one mile loop that winds through opulent old-growth forest. Elevated up on the snow-pack, you'll experience the impressive middle-canopy of the trees. Look for signs of wildlife such as tracks in the snow or in tree dwellings. Each discovery tells a bit of a story in this vibrant mountain habitat. We'll guide you through this winter hike at a moderate pace and with interesting winter ecology facts that will impress your friends and family.

  • Suggested donation: Adults $15, youth 16 and under $10
  • Dates: Saturdays 10 AM & 11:30 AM; Sundays 10 AM, 11:30 AM, & 1 PM, January 4 through March 29
  • Group capacity: 20

Extended walk.This winter trek will take you into the heart of Commonwealth Basin, a landscape that is rich with snowshoe routes and interesting winter life. Marten, ground squirrel, bobcat and wolverine all travel through this area, sometimes leaving evidence on the fresh snow. We'll travel about 5 miles at a moderate pace climbing into the Basin. We will enjoy a lunch break boasting scenery you'll be craving for the rest of the winter. Bring a well-stocked backpack including 32-64 ounces (1-2 liters) or more of water, a hearty snack and lunch. Dress in layers for the ever-changing mountain weather. We'll be out for about 4-5 hours.

  • Suggested donation: $25 per person
  • Dates: Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays 9 AM, January 3 through March 29. (On the following Saturdays, we will have two Extended Walks, one at 9 AM and another at 9:30 AM: January 11, February 8 & 22, March 7 & 21)
  • Group Capacity: 10

Photography walk. Photography enthusiasts from expert to novice will enjoy photographic opportunities along Commonwealth Creek, including animal tracks, ice falls, and the swirling dark waters of midwinter. Learn about use of light, composition, exposure and how to change a snapshot into fine art. Participants bring their own film or digital camera plus a well-stocked backpack including 32-64 ounces (1-2 liters) or more of water, a hearty snack and lunch. Dress in layers for the ever-changing mountain weather and plenty of photo-worthy stops along our route. We'll be out for about 4-5 hours. For more information about this tour, please refer to Alpine Scenes.

  • Suggested donation: $25 per person
  • Dates: January 4 & 18; February 1, 15, & 29; March 14 & 28; 9:30 AM for all dates
  • Group capacity: 10

Kids in Snow! Enjoy a variety of fun activities including hunting for animal tracks and guessing who made them, learning about subnivean life and other winter adaptations, examining snow crystals, measuring depth of the snowpack, and of course, fitting in some snow play at the end of our journey! We have a fleet of snowshoes for big and little (and everything in between) feet. Families follow along with kids on this snowy adventure. Kids of all ages are welcome to join this 90 minute, kid-paced outing.

  • Suggested donation: Adults $15, youth 16 and under $10
  • Dates: Saturdays 1 PM, January 4 through March 28
  • Group capacity: 20

Avalanche Awareness Walk. Join the Northwest Avalanche Center (NWAC) and the Forest Service for snowshoe walks where the focus is entirely Avalanche & Safety Awareness. Professionals from NWAC will be leading and presenting on these walks with topics including weather; field observation of terrain, recent signs of avalanches, and temperature; snowpack; travel techniques and how to avoid avalanches; emergency equipment and a demonstration on how to find a buried beacon. Please bring a well-stocked backpack with lunch, snacks and water; dress in layers for discussion stops as we learn how to stay safe in this mountain winter environment. We'll be out for 4-5 hours.

  • Suggested donation: $25 per person
  • Dates: Sundays 9:30 AM, January 5 through March 29
  • Group capacity: 10

What to bring on the shorter walks (90 minute, Kids in Snow):

  • 16 ounces (0.5 liters) or more of water
  • Clothing: Please dress appropriately for the weather by layering clothes that can insulate you when wet, such as wool or synthetics, and that you can remove easily as you heat up.
  • Footwear: Sturdy, waterproof shoes or boots
  • Optional: Snacks, Camera

Additional items recommended on the longer walks (Extended, Photography, Avalanche Awareness):

  • 32-64 ounces (1-2 liters) or more of water, high energy snacks and lunch
  • Gear: Poles (pairs available to borrow at Visitor Center), sunglasses, backpack with the Ten Essentials, including extra clothing. See Dressing for the Wilderness video.
  • Footwear: Sturdy waterproof boots with ankle support
  • Optional: Camera, GPS, avalanche beacon, probe, avalanche shovel and map.

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Reviewer: Julia Patterson (SeaTac, WA)
Date: 3-6-2017

Our US Forest Service guides did a wonderful job of leading us into Commonwealth Basin today on the extended snowshoe trek (Sunday, March 5th). They were interesting and instructive, providing learning opportunities about the environment and wilderness safety along the way. The snow was powdery and new, and the evidence of fox, squirrel and martin were in it. It was beautiful. Being 63 years old, I admit I was tired by the end of the trek, but was able to keep pace. A few years ago my husband purchased a snow shoe class through REI. I thought this experience was more meaningful, and the route was beautiful.

5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Awesome event
Reviewer: Harold Seaburg (Seattle, WA)
Date: 1-23-2017

Went on the extended hike a few weeks ago and was guided by Forest Ranger Lori. It was unbelievable. The hike alone was so beautiful. The hoar frost, frozen waterfalls, snow crystals in the air, etc, etc.... was well worth the adventure but what really made it special was Lori who took the time and explained the snowshoeing concepts, nature beings, "W"ilderness meanings, things that I never would have taken the time to realize if I were on my own. Dont miss out on this.

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