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Winter Hikes in Washington

Let's hit the trails!

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| December 14, 2021
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Think hiking is just for summer? Think again. Those trails you love in summer with clear skies, green trees, and sapphire blue lakes can be equally as enchanting with a soft overcast, snow-dusted trees, and frozen lakes. So whether your ideal is a lowland forested stroll or a winter wonderland, check out these 6 hikes and 2 snowshoe trails fit for the season.

*Always check weather, avalanche, and trail conditions before you head out. And don’t forget to check out our list of 10 essential items you should take with you on your excursion. If you don’t already have them around the house, stop by your local Bartell’s to round out the list.

Winter Hikes:

Heybrook Ridge

Distance: 3.5 mi
Elevation: 775 ft

Hike up some moderately steep switchbacks to a view overlooking Bridal Veil Falls, Mount Index, and the Skykomish Valley.

https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/heybrook-ridge

Chelan Butte

Distance: 7.5 mi
Elevation: 2500 ft
Get a leg workout and catch a view of Lake Chelan and the surrounding mountains.
https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/chelan-butte

Murhut Falls

Distance: 1.6 mi
Elevation: 250 ft

A relatively short and flat hike with a steep gain at the end to a relatively unknown waterfall.

https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/murhut-falls

Silver Falls

Distance: 1.7 mi
Elevation: 600 ft
Take a forested along the Entiat River to several viewpoints of the falls.
https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/silver-falls

Wildside Trail de Leo Wall

Distance: 4.2 mi
Elevation: 490 ft
Hike this trail is near Cougar Mountain.
https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/wildside-trail-de-leo-wall

Icicle Gorge Nature Loop

Distance: 4.2 mi
Elevation: 150 ft

Enjoy views of Icicle Creek along this family-friendly trail.

https://www.wta.org/go-outside/seasonal-hikes/go-hiking/hikes/icicle-gorge-loop

Snowshoe Trails:

Mazama Ridge Snowshoe

Distance: 6 mi
Elevation: 900 ft
On a clear day, you’ll be treated to views all around on this intermediate level snowshoe at Mt Rainier.
https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/mazama-ridge

June Lake Snowshoe

Distance: 4.8 mi
Elevation: 500 ft
A bit further out, this snowshoe near Mt St Helens rewards you with views of the mountain, June Lake, and a waterfall.
https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/june-lake-snowshoe