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Places To Snowshoe (Rentals Too!)

There are so many great places to snowshoe around here.  This year, the lower elevation trails have melted early—so for the best snowshoeing, head up to the top of the Mt. Rainier Gondola.  After April 3, Chinook Pass will open and we love snowshoeing up there in the spring!!  So much fun.

The information below is more relevant for a typical winter/early spring:

Many of the trails start from Alta Crystal Resort, or there are many other places to go around Crystal.  Our recommendations will vary somewhat based on the snow level, but there are always good places to go in the winter!

We now have snowshoes for rent right here!  And the cost is ridiculously affordable—$20 for the whole day!  Poles included.  You can also rent snowshoes from Greenwater Skis or Crystal Mountain. 

From Alta Crystal Resort, we usually do one of 3 trails:  The Loop Trail (about 1 mile); the Goat Falls Trail (about 3 miles roundtrip); or the Deep Creek Trail to Noble Knob (4 miles each way, but you don’t have to go the whole way). 

Up at Crystal, we especially love all the trails on East Peak, as you’re not sharing the slopes with skiers or boarders.  The Bullion Basin and Norse Peak Trails are wonderful options if you’d like some elevation gain, or there is a nice 4-mile roundtrip snowshoe with little elevation gain a road that’s closed during the winter. We also like taking the trail past Jim Town (an old mining settlement) into Silver Basin.

Many experienced snowshoers like to go up to Suntop Lookout, take a picnic lunch, something warm to drink and make it an all day trip.

And, of course, don’t forget Crystal’s incredible Alpine Snowshoe tours on Friday & Saturday nights.  Click here for more information.


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