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Winter Snowshoe Program at Verlot-Big Four

Winter Snowshoe Program at Verlot-Big Four

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For more information about the program, please contact Matthew Riggen at matthew.riggen (at) usda.gov or call 360-436-1155 during office hours or 360-436-2333 to leave a message after hours.

This winter trek follows the route of the former Everett and Monte Cristo railway as it winds its way up the South Fork Stillaguamish River. We will make a number of stops along the way to discuss the history of the area, winter ecology and tips for enjoying winter outdoors. Our turnaround point is the site of the former Big 4 Inn where we will have lunch at the picnic shelter and possibly get a glimpse of the 4,000 foot vertical face of Big 4 Mountain.

Meet at the Verlot Public Service Center, 11 miles east of Granite Falls on the Mountain Loop Highway, for orientation, at 9:00 AM. We will then carpool up the Mt. Loop Highway to Deer Creek to begin the four-mile, approximately five hour (including lunch stop) round-trip snowshoe hike.

Please note: this trip will proceed in all conditions, whether there is sufficient snow covering the route or not, unless road or avalanche conditions warrant cancellation. If we need to cancel the trip, we will make every effort to help you reschedule.

This is a good trip for those who have never used snowshoes before or anyone interested in learning about the ecology and history of this low elevation winter wonderland. However, all participants must be in good physical shape, capable of sustained aerobic exertion and be prepared to be outside in inclement weather. Snowshoes are provided.

Maximum group size: 25
Suggested per person donation: $20 for adults, $10 for youth 16 and under
Minimum age for youth: 12 years

What you'll need to bring:

  • Footwear: Sturdy, waterproof boots.
  • Clothing: Waterproof pants and jacket (a rain coat of some kind is essential), hat, sunglasses and gloves. Clothing layers beginning with a base layer made of silk, wool, or synthetic fabrics (no cotton!). Layering, rather than a single heavy winter coat is important as it is easy to get overheated while snowshoeing.
  • A daypack for carrying an extra layer of clothes, water, food, etc.
  • Water: More than you'd think, snowshoeing makes you thirsty! Something warm in a thermos is nice too.
  • Lunch/Snacks: High energy snacks, we will break for lunch.
  • Optional: Poles, gaiters, camera, binoculars, extra shoes and socks to change into for the ride home.

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Reviewer: Sarah Hanchar (Seattle, WA)
Date: 2-11-2017

This hike was outstanding! Our guides (Matthew, Narissa, and Cindy) were knowledgeable, helpful, and fun! They gave us a lot of interesting facts about the area and were a pleasure to speak with. (Cindy showed me the best way to secure my snowshoes after I had accidentally kicked one off my foot. Whoops!) The trek itself was lovely. I'm a snowshoe novice (and not terribly fit) and was able to handle the journey well. We stopped frequently to listen to the guides talk about the various points of interest. I used my trekking poles, but I don't think they were 100% necessary. I liked having them since I'm a klutz. Due to wonky weather we didn't get a crystal clear view of Big Four. Regardless, the surrounding nature was gorgeous and it was a wonderful experience. I highly recommend this trek!

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