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Results List

33 Hikes

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
11.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1600 ft.
Highest Point: 2800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(2 votes)
Bear Lake snowshoe is a road walk along the Mountain Loop Highway ending with a short trail to the lake.
 
 

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
2.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 686 ft.
Highest Point: 2877 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
This well-marked snowshoe route near Sun Mountain Lodge offers outstanding views, a variety of terrain, and more solitude than you might expect.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
11.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1200 ft.
Highest Point: 5200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(2 votes)
On the flanks of Mount Baker’s south side, Schriebers Meadow makes for a delightful snowshoe excursion, either for a daytrip or an overnight experience.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
5.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 2400 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(2 votes)
With gentle terrain, easy river access and views of snow-laden peaks, this narrow river valley is an inviting snowshoe destination, especially for beginners.
 
 

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
9.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1280 ft.
Highest Point: 3383 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(2 votes)
A few inches of new snow prior to a mid-week snowshoe outing transform this trip into a tranquil walk into the Eightmile Creek valley. Extending the trip with a climb out of the valley leads to viewpoints along the road.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1850 ft.
Highest Point: 4850 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.00
(3 votes)
This snowshoe route follows Forest Road 38 at the end of the Middle Fork Nooksack Valley.
 
 

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
11.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3140 ft.
Highest Point: 5515 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(2 votes)
Lookout Mountain is a strenuous snowshoe trip with few places to park your car. but once you hit the summit, you'll enjoy grand views from a lonely peak.
 
 

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
7.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 360 ft.
Highest Point: 2650 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
This lollipop hike follows the shoreline of Patterson Lake then turns up the steep-walled Rader Creek. Keep your eyes open since wildlife frequents this riparian zone.
 
 

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
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A long, meandering snowshoe route just off the Mount Baker Highway.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1200 ft.
Highest Point: 5200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(5 votes)
Vehicle Access Limited: As of 10/07/21 Highway 542 is closed to cars for the winter season at the Bagley Lakes Trailhead milepost 54.7.
With a starting elevation of 4,300, this tour is your best guarantee of good snow, even in a lean year.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4500 ft.
Highest Point: 6000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(2 votes)
 
The route on the Coleman Glacier involves advanced snow travel. Those hoping to traverse Coleman Glacier should have the appropriate gear and a plan, and need to consult a map and identify their route before attempting.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2400 ft.
Highest Point: 4500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(2 votes)
Trailhead Inaccessible: As of 11.22.21 Glacier Creek Road is washed out at milepost 3.1 cutting off vehicle access to this trail.
Following a series of winding, snow-covered forest roads, the route to Coal Pass culminates in sweeping views of Mount Baker’s glaciated northwest flank.
 
 

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
9.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1350 ft.
Highest Point: 3570 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.50
(4 votes)
The more strenuous winter version of this easy summer hike leads to the overlook of Cedar Falls. In winter, the falls are a snow-topped mound of ice with a flowing creek base.
 
 

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
11.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2635 ft.
Highest Point: 6135 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(3 votes)
A strenuous snowshoe trip leads to Buck Mountain Lookout with contrasting views of forest and fire. Whether the views are worth the effort is up to the traveler!
 
 

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 920 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
This seasonal snowshoe route to the shore of Baker Lake is dependent on the snow accumulation at the time of your trip. With the right amount of snow this becomes a 2-mile walk along a snowy road to the lake.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
5.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1152 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.50
(2 votes)
In winter, the Bagley Lakes Loop and Chain Lakes trail creates an intermediate snowshoeing opportunity near the schussing skiers in the Mount Baker Ski Area.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1000 ft.
Highest Point: 5100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.50
(24 votes)
Vehicle Access Limited: As of 10/07/21 Highway 542 is closed to cars for the winter season at the Bagley Lakes Trailhead milepost 54.7.
Artist Point is the top competitor for best viewpoint in the state. The beautifully shaped Mount Shuksan is the star of the area, with a gorgeous summit pyramid and several impressive glaciers. This relatively easy snowshoe is an excellent winter destination with a virtual guarantee of good snow coverage.
 
 

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
18.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 5000 ft.
Highest Point: 4400 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
If you are looking for a walk through deep snow in the winter that will take you into the North Cascades, Oakes Peak is the snowshoe trip for you. Walk along a Forest Service road toward the National Park boundary or up toward Oakes Peak.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 485 ft.
Highest Point: 3500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(5 votes)
Snowshoe or cross-country ski on this road just below the Mount Baker Ski Area.
 
 

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
8.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 800 ft.
Highest Point: 4250 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(2 votes)
A quiet snowshoe trip to views of Silver Star Mountain awaits the mid-week traveler in late fall and early spring. This road walk parallels the Early Winters Trail, the old route from Mazama to Washington Pass.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2500 ft.
Highest Point: 4516 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.00
(3 votes)
Road Washout: A washout on FR 18 has rendered this trailhead inaccessible via car
Those new to snowshoeing will appreciate the easy access and groomed trails found at Segelsen Creek Sno-Park, along with the mountain views and options for extended exploration.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(2 votes)
 
This snowshoe route follows Forest Road 27 northwest from the Meadow Mountain Trailhead to Rat Trap Pass.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1900 ft.
Highest Point: 3200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.33
(3 votes)
On a clear day, some of the area’s most notable peaks are visible from the crest of Mallardy Ridge, reached by snowshoeing along an easy-to-follow route.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1600 ft.
Highest Point: 3182 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.60
(5 votes)
For a more strenuous snowshoe, head out to Deer Creek and the Lake Kelcema trail. From the parking area, the route proceeds up Deer Creek Road (Road 4052). Watch out for tubers and sledders on the lower portion.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(2 votes)
 
This route is largely on private property and closed to the public.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
Rating:
Average rating:
1.50
(2 votes)
 
Trailhead Inaccessible: The Mountain Loop Highway is closed to vehicles between Deer Creek and Bedal Creek. This annual winter closure will be lifted in the spring.
This snowshoe route is no longer a viable option due to the roads being quite overgrown with several washouts.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
11.3 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1800 ft.
Highest Point: 3000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
1.50
(2 votes)
The winter route to Boardman Lake involves several miles of road walking from the Mountain Loop Highway followed by a short stretch on the actual Boardman Lake Trail.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 250 ft.
Highest Point: 1800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.90
(10 votes)
Trailhead Inaccessible: The Mountain Loop Highway is closed to vehicles between Deer Creek and Bedal Creek. This annual winter closure will be lifted in the spring.
Trail closed: The bridge over the Stillaguamish River has been removed for repairs rendering the Big Four Ice Caves inaccessible
Never go into or climb on top of the Ice Caves
While this is a popular location to snowshoe in wintertime, there is high risk in winter from avalanches off the mountain that feeds these caves. Keep to the main trail, and do not venture onto the snowfields at the end of the route.
 
 

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
 
A winter peak scramble. Technical climbing expertise required.
 
 

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
11.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3500 ft.
Highest Point: 5500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(4 votes)
Avalanche danger is present on the Sauk Mountain Trail in winter