The Washington State Forest Service is now offering interpretive snowshoe walks on Snoqualmie Pass, available through March 29, 2009.
The forest service will offer two regular programs this year.
90-minute. A moderately-paced interpretive walk that leaves the Visitor Information Center every Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Group size is limited to 20.
Half-day. An outing to Commonwealth Basin that leaves the Visitor Information Center at 9:15 a.m. every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. This longer tour requires a higher level of fitness and winter preparedness, and will require every participant to carry a day pack with essential equipment. Group size is limited to 8 people.
Unfortunately, children under 10 years of age cannot be accommodated on either trip.
However, the forest service will be offering three special outings as a part of the “Kids on the Snow” program. These outings will be less vigorous and will include an introduction to winter exploration and some snow play time. Each outing will begin at 1 p.m. on each of the following dates: January 24, February 28, and March 21.
Snowshoes are provided for all programs. A $10 donation per person for the 90-minute and $20 for the half-day outing is suggested.
Please dress appropriately for the weather. Dress in layers and wear clothes that insulate you when wet. Bring sturdy, waterproof boots to wear in the snowshoes.
Reservations for all programs are required. Call 425.434.6111. For more information, visit the Washington Hiking Advisor.
[Press Release courtesy Kim Larned, Cle Elum Ranger Station; Photo: suntrail.net]