where can i just play in the snow?

Any Sno-Park has options, but some are better than others.

Sledding. Snow Angels. Forts and snowball fights. Catching snowflakes on the tongue, chased with hot chocolate. That’s what we’re talking about.

 

The Lake Easton State Park is the most relaxed atmosphere of our Snoqualmie snow play locations.

Hyak, State Parks’ biggest, busiest sledding hill, is accessed by the Hyak/Gold Creek exit, the eastern most of those at Snoqualmie Pass.  Note that weekend late starts often means a full parking lot - yet check back later as some folks take those exhausted kids home.

Though not officially designated snow play areas some Sno-Parks are great casual winter wonderland explores. For example the Gold Creek pond area is a good place for little ones to try out snowshoes, and even better is the Swauk Campground near Blewett Pass on Highway 97, and Salmon la Sac. Gorgeous Denny Creek, the popular summer haunt of Seattleites, can also be accessed periodically through the winter, but has very limited parking. Finally, consider Lake Wenatchee (off Highway 2) when the roads are clear and days longer.

See links below for maps and directions.

 

Go Prepared

          Okay, full confession. Hunger pangs, a few cold fingers and toes, but only if you aren’t prepared. Along with a sense of adventure and go-with-the-flow attitude this is all you need:

 

Kid Prep

  • Long underwear, with weatherproof shell

  • Gloves and hat (of course)

  • Dry “apres” clothes (for afterward)

  • Start and stay tanked up:  snacks and warm drinks before, during and after.

 

Logistics

  • Sno-Park Pass

  • Directions

  • Chains

  • Alternate plan (if the Sno-Park is full)

 

Where to Go - please go to the particular Sno-Park page for more info.

Lake Easton - Relaxed atmosphere with lot’s of free form snow play space. Heated restrooms, Also, cross country skiing, snowshoeing.

Hyak - Biggest, busiest sledding hill. Heated restroom and showers. On-site Sno-Park purchasing. Free form snow play (don’t walk in ski tracks). Also, cross country skiing, snowshoeing.

Gold Creek - Second busiest, ponds for beginning snow shoe adventures. Marginal sledding. On-site Sno-Park permit purchasing on most weekends

Swauk Campground - Winter wonderland exploring.

Salmon la Sac - Winter wonderland exploring shared with snow machines, but non-motorized use only in Salmon La Sac Campground area.

Lake Wenatchee - Worth considering when the travel conditions are good. It has a great sledding hill and is less crazy than Hyak.  Not to mention the drop dead gorgeous view up lake and Dirty Face Peak.

 

More Information Click below:

  • Lake Easton State Park conditions: (509) 656-2230.  

    • From I-90, take exit #70, and follow signs to the park.

  • Hyak Snow Play:

    • From I-90 take Exit 54. From the ski area side of the overpass take the first left which parallels the freeway headed east. In 0.3 miles turn right (otherwise you end up in the state highway parking equipment shed parking lot). From there you will see the gate to the Hyak Sno-Parking lot.

  • Swauk Campground Sno-Park

  • Lake Wenatchee Sno-Park

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Please direct Sno-Park program questions and issues to winter@parks.wa.gov. 

 

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