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Winter Hiking And Sledding At The Snoqualmie Pass

As I previously wrote, sledding or tubing are not allowed around the Summit at Snoqualmie ski area during operation hours. The only two places you can do are : the Summit's tubing center or Hayak Snow Park ( also known as John Wayne Pioneer Trail at ex 54 on I - 90 ).

Another option is to come to the Summit during off- season to enjoy your snow toys.

If you and your little ones don't mind a short hike, you can try PCP ( Pacific Crest Trail ) trailhead that offers a steep approach that you can use as a hill. But since it's a popular snowshoeing, winter hiking, and ski touring trail, make sure you use caution when sledding.

This weekend we decided to combine a bit of backcountry hiking and sledding at a popular Snow Lake trail.

Snow Lake may be the most popular wilderness trail in the Pacific Northwest. But come winter, only a few hardy folks make the long slog through deep snow. Snow Lake trail was my very first experience in the backcountry a couple years ago.

This time, the plan was to hike up the trail for a mile or so, find a nice slope to sled and play, and then, sled down the trail.

Even with a 6 year old, the trail is well marked/used, accessible, and moderately easy. Being popular with snowshoers and winter hikers, the trail is well packed, and you can just walk wearing your winter shoes.Park your car for free at Alpental parking lot, and you'll see the trailhead right across the street.

According to WTA, the trail is ranked as "backcountry", and "requires some snowshoeing experience and survival skills".  But as long as you go for just a mile or so, and stay on the trail, all you'll need is a bottle of water and a few snacks for the little ones.

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