Amazing Snowshoe Trails in Washington | Featured Adventure - Cairn

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Don't barricade yourself indoors just because the temperatures have dropped and snow has covered some of your favorite trails. The winter months are a great time to get outdoors, fill your lungs with crisp mountain air, and visit some of your most-loved summer trails. Washington offers winter adventurers a wealth of trails, many with beautiful vistas and mountain lakes, that are still easily accessible in the snowy seasons. Check road and weather conditions before heading out and be sure to pack enough water. 

Without further ado, here are 35 of our favorite snowshoe trails in Washington.

Mount St. Helens


June Lake. Photo by Outdoor Project Contributor Ariana Herrick-Kunitz.

  • Mount St. Helens Worm Flows: 12 miles, 5,000 feet net elevation gain.
  • June Lake: 4.8 miles, 600 feet net elevation gain.
  • Chocolate Falls: 5.4 miles, 1,000 feet net elevation gain.
  • South Coldwater Ridge: 7 miles, 1,400 feet net elevation gain.
  • Kalama River Trail: 8 miles, 500 feet net elevation gain.

Mount Rainier National Park


View of Lane Peak from Nisqually Vista Snowshoe Trail. Photo by Outdoor Project Co-Founder Tyson Gillard

Snoqualmie Pass Area


Summit ridge on Cowboy Mountain. Photo by Outdoor Project Contributor Anthony Kasner.

Between Index and Leavenworth


View from the trail to Lake Valhalla. Photo by Outdoor Project Contributor Anthony Kasner.

Mountain Loop Highway


View from Artist Point. Photo by Outdoor Project Contributor Anthony Kasner.

Standing atop Artist Point on a crisp and clear winter day grants some of the most awe-inspiring views in the state of Washington. It's only 4 miles and 1,000 net elevation gain, and the sweeping perspectives are incredible. 

Article by Outdoor Project Team Member, Kat Dierickx.