This is a quick, short snowshoe trail with amazing scenery. Big bang-for-buck value.

This short but sweet snowshoe starts at 3000ft in the Stevens Pass Nordic Center parking lot. The trail head instantly puts you into the trees next to a groomed trail for skiers. Micro spikes will come in handy here, as the path can be a little icy and dusted with snow. After a short little climb, you'll come out into an opening with some buzzing electric towers and power lines. Get back into the woods by following the trail up and to the left.

The path is pretty well dug out and micro spikes should probably been fine, but if you've got them this may be a good time to put your snow shoes on. The trail is pretty flat for a while as it runs along the creek - be careful with your footing in a few places, as the creek weakens the snow.

The trail continues to wind under massive trees covered in snow. The last half mile of the trail begins to climb again, just enough to get the blood pumping. Once you reach the top of this climb, the lake is off to the right side of the trail. A few small bushes open up to the ice and snow covered Lanham Lake. It can be safe to walk out a little bit, but err on the side of caution and stay close to the "shoreline."

Once you've had enough of exploring Lanham Lake, follow the same route back down to the parking lot.

(Per the WTA website: Some previous snowshoe experience helpful. Some winter survival skills recommended (basic knowledge of avalanche evaluation, emergency shelter construction, etc.). Elevation gain is usually less than 1000 feet with a gradual slope.)

Driving Directions:From Everett, head east on US 2 for 65 miles to Stevens Pass. Continue east for another 5.5 miles, turning right onto Upper Mill Creek Road (Forest Road 6960, signed for Stevens Pass Nordic Center). The trail begins on the far east side of the lower parking area.

Pack List

  • Snowshoes
  • Hiking poles
  • Gators
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Snow pants
  • Warm winter jacket
  • Headlamps if later in the day
  • Camera.
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RT Distance 3.2 Miles
Elevation Gain 1000 Feet
Activities Snowshoeing, Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Winter
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Easy Parking
Forest
Lake

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Overall rating: 

Nice Beginner Snowshoe

But steep enough to satisfy non-beginners. Did this one on a snowy Monday morning and only encountered a handful of people. The creek and lake area was beautiful although not too much to see at the lake. Way back was super fast.


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