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Mather Memorial Highway Snowshoe — Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016

Mount Rainier Area

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Type of Hike

Snowshoe/XC Ski

Trail Conditions

Minor obstacles posing few problems


Road suitable for all vehicles


No bugs


Trail snow-covered at times - gear and expertise recommended
We were taking friends new to snowshoeing out for an adventure, so we chose White River based on its easy grade and pretty views. 410 was dry all of the way to Crystal Mountain Blvd. The Silver Springs Sno-Park is plowed and easy to access for just about any vehicle and the port-a-potty was clean and recently serviced. We took off at 10 AM. There were a couple of other cars in the lot, though we didn't see anyone on our way out. The snow is compact but not icy. For the most part, we really didn't need snowshoes, but we wandered off of the packed down path to the deeper sides of the road. We walked about 2.5 miles down the road from the parking lot. We could have easily kept going, as others had, but the kids were getting ready to head back. There were a few downed trees but nothing hard to navigate around. We saw quite a few people on our way back - both snowshoers and cross country skiers. But nothing compared with the crazy number of crowds around Gold Creek Pond/Hyak area. Lots of solitude and places to ponder our good fortune of living in the PNW. It was a beautiful day. This route is great for kids (ours wandered a bit and then rode in the sled) and those new to snowshoeing or anyone who wants a beautiful walk in the woods.