Viva Worthington treks through the Snoqualmie National Forest. Photo by US Forest Service

New Programs Offer Winter Fun, Learning

New Programs Offer Winter Fun, Learning
Snowshoe Hikes in Mt. Baker Area
Cross Country Skiing at Snoqualmie Pass

New winter interpretive programs on the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest will take visitors cross-country skiing at Snoqualmie Pass ski area and snowshoeing in the Mt. Baker area.

Cross-country skiers will need intermediate skills to meet at Grand Junction on the Nordic ski trail system out of Summit East Ski area. Trips are offered weekends at 10:30 a.m.-noon. The program is free, but participants will need a ski area trail pass to enter Grand Junction. Rangers will explain winter wildlife and plants, snow safety and the environment.

The Mt. Baker guided snowshoe hikes start in February and offer 90-minute trips at Heather Meadows and an approximately two-hour tour up Hannegan Road off the Mt. Baker Highway. Rangers will discuss the area’s history, winter ecosystems and wildlife. As with all snowshoe programs, no experience is necessary and snowshoes are provided. Participants should wear layered and insulated clothing, sturdy, waterproof shoes, hats and gloves. To offset the costs of the program a donation of $10 per person is suggested except the extended hike and photography outing at Snoqualmie Pass, where $20 is requested.

MT. BAKER
SNOWSHOE HIKES
Make reservations the Wednesday prior to the scheduled trip by calling Glacier Public Service Center, 360-599-2714 weekends, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. or Mt. Baker Ranger District Office, 360-856-5700 ext. 515 weekdays, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. To offset the costs of the program a donation of $10 per person is suggested for all programs payable by cash or check made out to Discover Your Northwest Interpretive Association.

Heather Meadows 90-Minute Walk
Feb. 4, 18, 19, 25, 11 a.m.
Meet at upper Mt. Baker Ski Area parking lot by the Bagley Lakes Trailhead.
Learn about area history, winter ecosystem, wildlife and safety.
Group size 15

Snowshoe Hannegan Road
Feb. 11, 11 a.m.
Meet at the Shuksan Picnic Area at the base of the Hannegan Road, milepost 46.5 off the Mt. Baker Highway, SR 542.
Learn about area history, winter ecosystem, wildlife and safety.
Group size: 15

STEVENS PASS
SNOWSHOE HIKES
Make reservations Jan. 8-Feb. 26 at Skykomish Ranger District, 360-677-2414. Trips for special events and school groups can also be scheduled. Sultan Shuttle offers transportation from Sultan to the resort. Check http://www.stevenspass.com/Stevens/the-mountain/sultan-shuttle.aspx for fees and schedules.

Introductory Snowshoeing
Sat. Sun. 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Learn about the history of the area, the winter ecosystem and wildlife on this beginning walk.
Group size: 20

SNOQUALMIE PASS
CROSS-COUNTRY SKI
No reservations are necessary. Participants must have intermediate ski skills. Meet at Grand Junction on the Nordic ski trail out of Summit East Ski area at 10:30 a.m. The program is free, but participants will need a ski area trail pass to access Grand Junction. For more information call 425-434-6111 or 425-434-7669.

Interpretive Tour
Sat. Sun. 10:30 a.m.
Learn about the history of the area, the winter ecosystem and wildlife.

SNOWSHOE HIKES
The 90-minute walk and extended snowshoe trips run Jan. 8-March 31, the winter photography and ecology outings Jan. 21-March 31 and the “Kids in the Snow” program Feb. 4-March 31. Make reservations at 425-434-6111. Trips for special events and school groups can also be scheduled. Meet 15 minutes early at the visitor’s center off I-90, exit 52 on Snoqualmie Pass.

Interpretive 90-Minute Walk
Sat. Sun. 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m.
Learn about winter ecosystem, wildlife and safety.
Group size 20

Extended Half-Day Hikes
Fri. Sat. Sun. 9:30 a.m.
Experience Commonwealth Basin in the winter surrounded by the Cascade crest peaks.
Group size 10

Winter Photography & Ecology Outings
Jan. 21, Feb. 4, 18, March 3, 17, 31, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Capture winter nature on film while learning about ecology.
Group size 6

"Kids in the Snow"
Feb. 4-March 31, Sat. 1 p.m.
Earn a Junior Ranger Snow badge! Learn about tracking, crawl into a snow cave and check out a snow crystal with a magnifier.
Group size 20

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