Swauk Campground Walks

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

For directions to Wenatchee Ridge or Swauk Campground please read these instructions.

A Washington State Sno-Park Pass is required for each vehicle at Swauk Campground and Wenatchee Ridge. Please click here for locations you can purchase your WA State Sno-Park permit prior to your arrival.

Swauk Campground Walk. This moderately paced 2 1/2 hour adventure begins in Swauk Campground, crosses Swauk Creek then climbs steadily, gaining 300 feet through majestic trees and small meadows before reaching its highpoint at an interesting sandstone outcrop with views of the surrounding forest. Along the way we will stop to discuss winter in the forest, what plants and animals live in the area and how they adapt to winter. We will listen to water flowing under the snow, look for tracks and watch for birds that call this area home. Beginners and experts will find this trip enjoyable and educational; join us and learn something new about winter in the forest while experiencing the majesty of the forest.

Dress for the weather in layers. Wear sturdy, waterproof boots. Bring a day pack with snacks and plenty of water. No snowshoe experience is necessary.

Washington State Sno-Park Pass is required for each vehicle.

  • Suggested donation: $15 per person
  • Dates: January 25, February 08, and March 14, 2020
  • Group capacity: 20

Wenatchee Ridge Walk. This 2 1/2 hour trip meanders along Wenatchee Ridge, through mixed conifer forest with several open areas that offer stunning views of the surrounding landscape, including on a clear day, glimpses of Mt. Rainier and full on views of Mt. Stuart. With only 400 feet of elevation gain this trip is perfect for those trying snowshoes for the first time, or the seasoned veteran. On this journey we will discuss winter in the forest and look for signs of who lives here in the winter and how they adapt to survive in this harsh yet beautiful environment.

NOTE: Restrooms are not available at Blewett Pass. Please plan accordingly.

Washington State Sno-Park Pass is required for each vehicle. Parking is limited, large groups are encouraged to carpool.

  • Suggested donation: $15 per person
  • Dates: February 22 and March 28 2020
  • Group capacity: 20

Additional items recommended:

  • 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.