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The Best Snowshoeing in Washington

Looking for the best snowshoeing in Washington? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Washington. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top snowshoeing spots in and near Washington

  • Carbonado, Washington

    Hike to Summit Lake

    4.5
    5 mi / 1250 ft gain
    Summit Lake, nestled in a small basin just north of Mt. Rainier National Park in the Clearwater Wilderness, has everything a hiker could want in a day-hike or easy overnight backpack. The views, the well-maintained trail, and a perfect distance make this hike a must-do for anybody in the Pacific ...
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  • Granite Falls, Washington

    Snowshoe to Mount Pilchuck Lookout

    5.0
    5.4 mi / 2300 ft gain
    Snowshoe or hike through old-growth forest and snowfields to reach the summit of Mount Pilchuck. Along the trail you’ll catch glimpses of the phenomenal views that lie ahead. The second half of the hike emerges from the forest and snakes through both boulder and snowfields. Be mindful of where th...
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  • Snoqualmie, Washington

    Hike Rattlesnake Mountain

    4.0
    The Rattlesnake Mountain Trail is often associated with Rattlesnake Ledge, one of the busiest hiking destinations around. But most people don't know that you can continue on from Rattlesnake Ledge another 10 miles to Snoqualmie Point Park. Using the Snoqualmie Point Trailhead, this hike is a wo...
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  • Carbonado, Washington

    Hike Bearhead Mountain

    5.0
    6 mi / 1800 ft gain
    Formerly the site of an old fire lookout, Bearhead Mountain located in the Clearwater Wilderness, provides great unobstructed views of the north side of Mount Rainier, Little Tahoma, and many other surrounding Cascade mountain peaks. In the summer months you are likely to encounter great wildflow...
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  • Mason County, Washington

    Hike to Lena Lake

    4.5
    5 mi / 1300 ft gain
    The trail climbs gently up and is accessible almost every season, weather permitting. Snow shoes may be needed December-February, so make sure and check with the Hoodsport Ranger Station.Just 45 minutes north of Hoodsport (a darling small town on the shores of Puget Sound), this trailhead has spa...
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  • Cougar, Washington

    Summit Mount St. Helens via Worm Flows

    4.9
    10.8 mi / 5700 ft gain
    The Worm Flow Route, starting at Marble Mountain Sno Park, is the most direct winter route up to the summit. You'll start at around 2,700 feet and begin a steady walk along the trail for 2 miles. Although the trail is fairly well marked well above the snow, you'll want to pay attention to the arr...
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  • Cougar, Washington

    Summit Mount St. Helens via Monitor Ridge

    4.5
    9.4 mi / 4585 ft gain
    Monitor Ridge is the "easiest" of the routes one can take in order to claim that they have stood on top the sleeping giant better known as Mount St. Helens. This route is heavily favored over Worm Flows as the starting elevation is not only an additional 1,000 feet higher but the overall ascent ...
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  • Mead, Washington

    Hike to Quartz Mountain Lookout

    5.0
    5 mi / 1000 ft gain
    Drive to Mt. Spokane State Park and park at Selkirk Lodge. This hike can only be accessed before the ski area opens because the trail up to the lookout is along part of the cross country ski area.You may not need snowshoes for this hike depending on how much snow is on the ground. With more sno...
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  • Ashford, Washington

    Snowshoe or Ski to Mt. Tahoma High Hut

    5.0
    4.5 mi / 2400 ft gain
    Make the 3.2 - 4.5 mile hike up groomed trails to the Mt Tahoma High Hut (4750 feet) for the perfect winter getaway. Spend the day outside sledding, skiing, snowshoeing and playing in the snow with a spectacular view of Mount Rainier, Mount Adams, and Mount St. Helens. Afterwards go inside and en...
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  • Skagit County, Washington

    Sauk Mountain Summit 5,541'

    4.3
    4 mi / 1200 ft gain
    Even from the Trailhead, the views overlooking the Skagit River valley, all the way out toward Mount Vernon, are outstanding. The trail follows 20 tight switchbacks as it makes it's way 600 feet up to the southern crest of the summit ridge. This is a steep slope and it's possible to look straight...
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  • Hoodsport, Washington

    Climb Mt. Washington

    3.5
    Follow the driving directions, pass the upper Mt Eleanor parking area and continue until the road dead-ends due to a landslide. Try to leave room for cars to turn around when you park.Follow the trail which starts just near the lake boulder near the parking area. The trail through the lower slope...
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  • Mead, Washington

    Snowshoe to the Mt. Spokane Summit

    5.0
    Mt. Spokane State Park is just 45 minutes outside of Spokane and a great day trip hike spot! Drive into Mt. Spokane State Park and then to the top of Mt. Spokane until you reach the lower Selkirk Lodge parking lot on the right. Trail 130 begins across the road next to the gate that closes the Vis...
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  • Marblemount, Washington

    Hike Lazy Bear Falls

    3.0
    To get to Lazy Bear Falls, take Bacon Creek Road off the North Cascade Highway for 5 miles. At the 3-way fork, take the left road, which will lead you down and over a bridge crossing Bacon Creek. From here, the road will require 4x4 and high clearance.From here, continue up the road for about 0.5...
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  • Cougar, Washington

    Hike/Snowshoe to June Lake, WA

    5.0
    5.25 mi / 1000 ft gain
    In the winter you will need to start at Marble Mt. Snowpark and purchase a snow park permit. The hike starts here on the eastern side. Follow the Pine Ski Trail for about 1 mile along NF-83 Road. Then follow the June lake Trailhead up to June lake for about 1.5 miles. You will come to June lake a...
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  • Gold Bar, Washington

    Winter Backpack to Blanca Lake

    7.5 mi / 3300 ft gain
    Since Blanca Lake is a very popular place for folks to explore and with the nice and sunny weekend. I drove out Friday night and slept in my Jeep. Got up at 7:30am when folks first started arriving to the trail head.A couple of things to keep in mind before you start this hike. The 7.5 miles ro...
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  • Leavenworth, Washington

    Night Photography at Colchuck Lake

    This is an incredible backpacking trip that leads to amazing locations for night time photography. Most people focus on Colchuck Lake, but Asgard Pass and Dragontail Peak make for great photographs as well.Start at the bottom of the access road to 8 Mile, Stuart and Colchuck Lake (gated off durin...
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