Get outdoors and learn about winter ecology snowshoeing on the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest January through March.
No experience is necessary and the Forest Service provides snowshoes. Participants should wear layered and insulated clothing, hats and gloves with sturdy, waterproof shoes or boots, hats and gloves. To offset the costs of the program a donation is requested.
Make reservations at (425) 434-6111. Trips for special events and school groups can be scheduled. Meet 15 minutes before your scheduled walk at the Snoqualmie Pass Visitor’s Center off I-90, exit 52. Office hours are Thursday-Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. A donation is suggested of $15 for adults, $10 for youth 16 and under, and $25 per person for the half-day hikes and photography outings.
Reservations are required for all programs.
• 90-Minute Trek
Sat., Sun.: 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. Learn about the winter ecosystem, wildlife and safety on this one-mile loop walk through opulent old-growth forest.
Group size 20
• Extended Hikes
Fri., Sat., Sun.: 9 a.m. Experience Commonwealth Basin in the winter surrounded by the Cascade crest peaks. Bring a lunch, a well-stocked day pack, extra clothing and water; you will be out from about 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.
• Winter Photography Outings
Jan. 4, 18; Feb. 1, 15; March 1, 15, 29 – 9:30 a.m. Geared for photography enthusiasts of all abilities. Commonwealth Creek offers intriguing image possibilities with ice falls, cool vapors and swirling dark waters. Your guide will discuss light, composition and exposure. Bring lunch, this outing lasts four to five hours.
• "Kids in the Snow"
Starting Jan. 18, Saturdays, 1 p.m. Earn a Junior Ranger Snow membership and badge! Learn about winter tracking, how plants and animals survive through the winter and check out some hearty winter critters on this approximately 90-minute walk.
• Avalanche Awareness Walks
Jan. 11, 25; Feb. 8, 22; March 8, 22. Join the Northwest Avalanche Center and the Forest Service for six snowshoe walks where the focus is entirely Avalanche Awareness. Professionals from the Northwest Avalanche Center will be leading and presenting these walks this winter. Call for more details.
Make reservations, guided snowshoe walks every Saturday Jan. 4 - March 1 at Skykomish Ranger District, (360) 677-2414. Trips for special events and school groups can also be scheduled.
Meet at the Forest Service Guard Station by Parking Lot A at Stevens Pass. Sultan Shuttle offers transportation from Sultan to the resort.
Check http://www.stevenspass.com/Stevens/the-mountain/sultan-shuttle.aspx for fees and schedules. A donation is suggested of $15 for adults and $10 for youth 16 and under.
• Junior Snow Ranger
Saturdays: Jan. 4- March 1
10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
• Trek with a Ranger
Saturdays: Jan. 4-March 1
11 a.m. & 2 p.m.
Learn about the winter ecosystem, wildlife and safety on this 90-minute guided nature discovery tour along the Pacific Crest Trail.
Maximum group size 20
MT. BAKER RANGER DISTRICT
Groups will leave from there to the snowshoe walk location along the Hannegan Road, Heather Meadows or another setting in the Mt. Baker District area.
A donation is suggested of $15 for adults and $10 for youth 16 and under. Reservations are required.
• Ranger Guided Snowshoe Walk
Fridays: 10 a.m. Jan. 31; Feb. 7, 14, 21; Sundays: 10 a.m. Feb. 23, March 2, 9, 16
Maximum group size: 15
For more information, contact:
Kim Larned, Snoqualmie Pass: (509) 852-1062
Kevin Green, Stevens Pass: (360) 677-2414
Magenta Widner Glacier Public Service Center: (360) 599-9572