Northwest Snowshoe Trails

Hello again, and welcome to yet another part in our series on all things snowshoeing. Today’s post will provide a brief overview of some of the best snowshoeing trails available in the Pacific Northwest.

From scenic overlooks to short family jaunts, the northwest is the ideal location for snowshoers of any skill level. If you are new to snowshoeing, be sure to check out our Intro to Snowshoeing blog posts before you set out on your snowshoeing journey.

What follows is a list of some of our favorite trails for snowshoeing in the Pacific Northwest. You can also find plenty of great trails in other areas of the US by clicking here.

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Washington State Snowshoe Trails

Mt. Baker/Methow Area

Basic Information
Tonasket Ranger District
1 West Winesap
Tonasket, WA 98855
Telephone: (509) 486-2186

Emergency Contact Info.
Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office
123 5th Ave S.
Okanogan, WA 98840
Telephone: (509) 422-7232

Trail
46 kilometers for cross-country skiing, skate skiing, and snowshoeing.

Additional Information
The trails are dog-friendly. Un-groomed routes are marked for the more adventurous. Sanitary facilities are available at the trailhead. Bring a camera or binoculars to enjoy the scenic overlooks. Be sure to check if permits are required.

Sno-Park
South Summit

Razor Hone Base Area

Trail
30 kilometers for groomed cross-country skiing, skating, and snowshoeing.

Additional Information
Some of the trails are shared with snowmobile users. There are sanitary facilities available at the trailhead. Be sure to check if permits are required, before hitting the trail.

Sno-Park
Highlands

Leavenworth/Chelan Area

Basic Information
Lake Wenatchee State Park
Telephone: (509) 763-3101

Emergency Contact Info.
Chelan County Sheriff’s Office
401 Washington St.
Wenatchee, WA 98801
Telephone: (509) 663-9911

Lake Wenatchee State Park
Telephone: (509) 630-0038

Trail
See & Ski Trail is groomed for track and skate skiing (6.5 km). Flying Loop (4.8 km) and Squirrel Run (4 km) trails are not groomed and are suitable for either backcountry skiers or snowshoers.

Additional Information
Sanitary facilities are located at the trail entrance. Be sure to check if permits are required.

Sno-Park
Chiwawa

Leavenworth/Chelan Area

Basic Information
Lake Wenatchee State Park
Telephon: (509) 763-3101

Emergency Contact Info.
Chelan County Sheriff’s Office
401 Washington St.
Wenatchee, WA 98801
Telephone: (509) 663-9911

Trails
1) Lake Wenatchee South
2) Lake Wenatchee North

5 kilometers located on the north side & 30 kilometers located on the south side. Skating lanes are accessible in the north area as well as on Nason Ridge trails in south area. There are 8 kilometers of trails accessible to snowshoers.

Additional Information
First aid, food, heated restrooms, overnight accommodations, and ski and snowshoe rentals are all located nearby. Be sure to check if permits are required.

Sno-Park
Lake Wenatchee State Park

Oregon State Snowshoe Trails

Trillium Lake Loop

Basic Information
Mt. Hood National Forest
16400 Champion Way
Sandy, OR 97055
Telephone: (503) 668-1700

Trail
8 kilometer loop. Open to snowshoers and backcountry skiers only.

Additional Information
Part of the Government Camp Oregon Snowshoe Trails, this trail was built to be barrier free, so you won’t have to step over any obstacles like downed trees. In the summer, the trail is used for hiking so there are a few benches along the way. The trail begins and ends at the Trillium Lake dam. Bring a camera or binoculars to enjoy the scenic overlooks of Mount Hood.

Mirror Lake

Basic Information
Government Camp Oregon Snowshoe Trails
Zigzag Ranger District – Zigzag Ranger Station
70220 E. Highway 26
Zigzag, Oregon 97049
Telephone: (503) 622-3191

Trail
5 kilometer loop for snowshoeing and backcountry skiers, exclusively.

Additional Information
Mirror Lake is a staple of casual hiking in the Portland/Mt. Hood area. It is located on Hwy. 26. The trail is easy to access and family friendly. Bring a camera or binoculars to enjoy the scenic view of the lake.

Barlow Pass

Basic Information
Mt. Hood National Forest
Telephone: 503.668.1700
16400 Champion Way
Sandy, Oregon 97055

Zigzag Ranger District – Zigzag Ranger Station
70220 E. Highway 26
Zigzag, Oregon 97049
Telephone: (503) 622.3191

Trail
9.5 kilometers, point-to-point mountain pass. Snowshoeing and backcountry skiing only. 600 feet of elevation gain.

Additional Information
Part of the Government Camp Oregon Snowshoe Trails, an Oregon Sno-Park permit is required from November 1 through April 30. There is an information board and access to un-groomed backcountry ski trails. There is parking space for 15 cars.

Feel free to share pictures, comments, and other great snowshoe trails that are located in the Northwest region, in the comments section below!

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