Put on your big shoes and get to the snow!

11.20 Lake Easton guided snowshoe 2

Depending on group fitness level, staff may lead showshoers on a longer hike to scenic views like this one on the Yakima River at Lake Easton State Park.

Dec. 4, 2019

Doing the snow dance for winter?

Can’t wait to tighten your snowshoe straps and get going?

Put Lake Easton and Lake Wenatchee state parks free guided snowshoe hikes on your calendar this winter.

Lake Easton State Park

Lake Easton State Park, 18 miles east of Snoqualmie Pass, sits in the Cascade mountain foothills and connects to a network of ski, snowshoe and snowmobile trails.

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A ranger leads a group snowshoe hike at Lake Easton.

Lake Easton’s guided snowshoe hikes run Saturdays and Sundays, departing at 1 p.m. on:

  • Dec. 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29
  • Jan. 1 (Wed.), 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26
  • Feb. 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23
  • The New Year’s Day hike, part of a national “First Day Hikes” event, includes snacks and hot beverages.

Meet at the day use area, 150 Lake Easton State Park Road, Easton. (Driving directions.) Arrive early for the 1 p.m. departure. Need more info? Call (509) 925-1943.

The hike covers 3 miles, lasts 2-1/2 hours and is appropriate for hikers of all ages and experience levels. As you crunch-walk on snowshoes at the lake, you’ll see giant Doug-fir trees and maybe even signs of wildlife. Guides will share the park’s natural history and safety information.

On clear or partly cloudy days, the winter sunsets are spectacular, so why not stay until dusk?

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Get peekaboo and panoramic views of Lake Wenatchee on a guided snowshoe hike.

Lake Wenatchee State Park

Deep in the Central Cascades, 15 miles from the Bavarian-themed town of Leavenworth, Lake Wenatchee State Park is a wonderland in winter. Park staff  will run snowshoe hikes at 1 p.m. on Saturdays:

  • Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25
  • Feb 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
  • The park will host a “First Day Hike” at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 1.

The 2-mile route skirts the Little Wenatchee River and the lake, where Dirtyface Peak and Nason Ridge tower above the alpine environment. You can opt for shorter loops or do a longer hike on your own. Don’t miss a refreshing run down the sledding hill!

Meet at the park’s north entrance beyond the reservation booth, 21588 SR 207 Leavenworth (Driving directions). Arrive early.

Don’t have snowshoes, but want to give it a whirl? The park has a few pairs for rent — $12 for adults and $8 for youth. Reserve in advance at (509) 763-3101.

Bundle up!

Here’s what to bring:

  • Snowshoes and trekking poles
  • Warm, layered, non-cotton clothing and non-cotton socks
  • Durable boots (waterproof is best)
  • Snacks
  • Water

And if you’re snowshoeing on your own, don’t forget the all-important “Ten Essentials.”

Please Note: Any snowshoe event may be canceled due to inclement weather or conditions.

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Parting shot: Nason Ridge rises on the left, and Dirtyface Peak rises on the right above Lake Wenatchee.

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