In the winter, the Evergreen State becomes blanketed in snow. These conditions make it an epicenter for winter sports in the Pacific Northwest. From cross-country skiing to snowshoeing, there are so many ways to experience this season. Luckily, some of the best places to snowshoe in Washington State are right here in Leavenworth! We love this activity so much that we offer snowshoes and quick lessons for guests of Pine River Ranch. Read on to learn more about our favorite trails in the area!
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5 of the Best Places to Snowshoe in Washington State
1. Blue Sky Outfitters
Blue Sky Outfitters provides some of the best outdoor activities and tours in Leavenworth. During the winter season, they offer memorable snowshoeing tours through the Leavenworth Valley and the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area. Their most popular tour is the Snowshoe/Wine Adventure, which allows visitors to embark on an epic snowshoeing adventure and then indulge in a light lunch and local wine tasting.
2. Plain Valley Nordic Ski Trails
Plain Valley offers more than 100 km of groomed trails in Leavenworth, WA, five of which are dedicated to snowshoers. All you have to do is rent a pair of snowshoes and get out to explore the beautiful Plain Valley. After your snowshoeing journey, come back to enjoy even more winter activities available at Plain Valley Nordic Ski Trails, including skiing.
3. Stevens Pass Mountain Resort
Stevens Pass Mountain Resort, located atop the Cascade Crest, is one of our area’s most exalted ski resorts! If you’d like to try snowshoeing here, the Nordic Ski Center offers something for snowshoers of all skill levels. Please note that Nordic Center maintained snowshoe trails require a trail pass that you can purchase at the Cascade Depot at Nordic Center.
4. Lake Wenatchee State Park
Boasting impressive Switzerland-type views and easy water access, Lake Wenatchee State Park offers abundant recreational activities in any season! During the winter, snowshoeing is one of the park’s most popular activities. You can also enjoy activities such as cross-country skiing, dog sledding, and skiing.
5. Pine River Ranch
Pine River Ranch is another one of the best places to snowshoe in Washington State. Our Leavenworth bed and breakfast offers professional-grade snowshoes to our guests. We can even give you a quick lesson with tips on enjoying the valley. There’s nothing like the solitude of trekking through the snow!
After your adventure, enjoy a restful night’s sleep in your suite at Pine River Ranch. We offer six, suite-style accommodations for guests to choose from. Consider a stay in the Lodgepole Suite. This accommodation features a real rock propane fireplace, a large walk-in shower, radiant floor heat, a pine log bed, and a private deck with easy access to our snowshoe trail system!
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