There are wonderful places to snowshoe around here. And we make it easy with snowshoes available for rent, right at Alta Crystal Resort!
The cost is a very nominal $20 plus tax for adult snowshoes, and $10 plus tax for kids' snowshoes (when rented with a pair of adult snowshoes).
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). We also love snowshoeing along the White River, through the Silver Springs Campground that's closed in winter months.
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.
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 on a road that’s closed during the winter. We also like taking the trail past Jim Town (an old mining settlement) into Silver Basin.
It's also a lot of fun to snowshoe from the top of the Mt. Rainier Gondola, along the ridge line out towards Snorting Elk Bowl, and even further towards Morning Glory Bowl.
Just ask the front desk for suggestions and maps when you check in.