If you are unable to snowshoe on off piste routes, above photo is an example of how to share and preserve the trail for all uses. Please snowshoe to the far side.
Below photo is an example of both a skate skier in the skate lane and a classic skier in the set tracks.
There are snow drifts of reasons that snowshoeing is the fastest growing winter non-motorized activity. Navigating forests and viewing wildlife is easier than with skis, perfect for the explorer in all of us, from kids to grandparents.
At the Snoqualmie Pass Forest Service Information and Education Center you can get Sno-Park passes, maps and join three ranger-led winter interpretive programs (on snowshoe.) Link on left.
Alternate plan (if the Sno-Park is full)
Area map - Green Trails is pretty good. Purchase at many outdoor stores.
Be avalanche aware. Just because someone else walked a particular area does not necessarily mean it is safe or they know where they were going.
Long underwear, with weatherproof shell
Gloves and hat, snow shoes and poles (of course)
Dry “apres” clothes (for afterward)
Start and stay tanked up: snacks and warm drinks before, during and after.
In your backpack keep the 10 Essentials.
Guided Snow Shoe Opportunities:
Forest Service - Join one of many ranger-led interpretive programs by visiting the Snoqualmie Pass Forest Service Information and Education Center located at Summit West. Link to left. You can also register for the tours at that link
Lake Easton State Park - See flyer by clicking button on left.
Mountaineers have dozens of classes and tours - button on left.
REI has many opportunities
Sno-Parks with snowshoeing options:
Gold Creek - Kendall Peak Lakes Rd, Gold Creek Pond.
Erling Stordahl - There are marked snowshoe routes winding through the ski area. Please stay off the grooming.
South Loop at Cabin Creek - the South Loop trail is great for beginners and reached from the far parking lot, occasionally groomed for multi-use. Mt Amabilis is a very popular ski area, you may want to snowshoe elsewhere.
Lake Easton - Relaxed atmosphere, snowshoe through the campgrounds or to the outside of the groomed trail. In this area, the forest is open enough to go off trail.
Salmon la Sac - Winter wonderland exploring shared with snow machines. This can be an excellent area to venture off the groomed as it is a bit more open and very scenic. Try the voluntary non-motorized areas.
Swauk Campground and Pipe Creek - Winter wonderland exploring. Pipe Creek non-motorized area has marked touring routes for skiers and snowshoers.
Try USFS guided tours here, see button on left.
Blewett Pass - Pretty much anywhere. please do not snowshoe on tracks made by skiers.
And remember - Please DO NOT snowshoe down the middle of the grooming (skate platform), nor on the set tracks. Please snowshoe off to the outside of the set tracks.
photo to the right is an example of what NOT to do.
Please do NOT WALK right down the middle minutes after it is groomed!