Snowshoeing in Snoqualmie Pass

Ryan and I had both expressed curiosity at snowshoeing as soon as we got into snowy hiking. With feet of white powder burying the mountains, our microspikes only take us so far. So when Lauren suggested snowshoeing in Snoqualmie Pass, we were more than game!

Snowshoeing in Snoqualmie Pass

It is difficult to make friends in a new city, especially in a city with a bit of a chill to it like Seattle (people are friendly, at least on the Eastside, but also keep to themselves). Ryan works at a small office, so there’s not many people for us to meet through work, and a definite downside about freelancing and working from home is that my only office mate is a mischievous puggle. 

Thank goodness for the blogging community, right? I met Lauren through blogging over the summer shortly before she moved to Seattle to study dietetics at University of Washington. She’s an outdoor enthusiasts as well, and finally we were able to coordinate a weekend to hike with her and a friend. 

Snowshoeing in Snoqualmie Pass

(P.S. you should check out her blog, Just a Pinch, because she has seriously beautiful photos of Seattle and hiking in the PNW and excellent advice on nutrition).

One of the many reasons I love REI is because they rent expensive outdoor gear, including snowshoes. Ryan and I headed into the city after work on Friday (only REI Seattle rents, but that store is like a candy store for athletes so no complaints there). 

We left on Saturday morning for Golden Creek Snowshoe, which was a relatively flat hike in Snoqualmie Pass (which is about 45 minutes from Seattle along I-90). 

Snowshoeing in Snoqualmie Pass

Admittedly, I was a little nervous and clumsy at first in my snowshoes. Even though I have big feet, the initial sensation of donning a pair of snowshoes is that of having extremely large feet. I worried about stepping on anyone’s feet with the big snowshoes or tripping over my own feet! 

Thankfully, snowshoeing does not have a steep learning curve, so within a half hour, I felt more at ease in the shoes. By an hour in, Ryan and I were already talking about splurging on our own pairs next winter. 

Snowshoeing in Snoqualmie Pass
Photo courtesy of Lauren | Just a Pinch

We had so much fun snowshoeing with Lauren and her friend Kim! It was great to get to connect with other people our age who love the outdoors. We hiked around the lake and back, taking plenty of time to stop and enjoy the scenery. 

There was a bit of chill to the air and some fog in the sky, which only made the snowshoeing even more fun. There’s something beautiful about fog in the mountains, isn’t there? 

Snowshoeing in Snoqualmie Pass
Photo Courtesy of Lauren | Just a Pinch

Also, ignore the fact that I’m squinting in every photo. Even in the fog, the pure white (almost blue sometimes) alpine snow can be blinding without sunglasses! 

We spent about two and half hours snowshoeing until we had explored all of Gold Creek Lake. What a fun way to spend a Saturday! There’s something utterly rejuvenating and calming about spending some time each week in the mountains.

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When was the last time you tried a new sport? 
What’s your favorite outdoor winter sport: skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing?


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18 Responses

  1. Looks like so much fun! I haven’t tried anything new in a long time. I used to like to snowboard, but I haven’t done that in years. I actually stopped because I was scared I would hurt myself and not be able to run! I didn’t try any winter sports until I was a teenager so I never felt like they came naturally to me.

    1. Thank you – it was! Snowboarding sounds so fun and I’ve been wanting to try it as well but I agree, the risk of injury is scary, especially when training for a big race!

  2. You all have the most amazing adventures! Since living in Chicago, I have discovered that I like snow, just not in the city. But I would love to go snowshoeing!
    (psst link up with us today!)

    1. Linked up with you! Snow in the city is not fun – I like it, just not when it’s there in the middle of trying to go for a run or commute. I bet you could strap on snowshoes and just explore Chicago even with some of the snow you get!

  3. You guys were total pros, not to mention you both looked like you walked out of an REI catalog! Thanks so much for driving and I’m glad we could share this awesome adventure together!

  4. I was so happy when I realized that snowshoeing was a thing, what a cool way to keep enjoying the mountains in the winter! Other good beginner routes: Franklin Falls, Skyline Ridge (by Stevens Pass), Paradise (on Mount Rainier, just stay away from the hills around Alta Vista and Panorama Point on anything but low avalanche danger days).

    1. Thank you for the recommendations! We’ve done Franklin Falls before in microspikes and it looked so fun for snowshoeing. We also want to try Talapus and Olallie out in Snoqualmie Pass – we saw snowshoers there when we tried to hike it in the snow.

    1. Thank you for hosting! Not every REI rents out equipment, but most stores in big cities seem to and even rent out all the camping or skiing gear you could need.

    1. I think you would really like it! It’s like running in the long, steadiness of it and just getting to spend time outside. So relaxing just like running!

  5. This looks like such a fun hike! I swear you guys have more snow there than we do here in Alaska. I’m going to try skiing in a mountain pass this weekend and I just hope they have enough snow after our super warm temps for the last few weeks!

    1. Thank you! There was probably 3-4 feet of snow where we’ve been hiking, which isn’t high up on the mountains. I’m surprised Alaska doesn’t have more! Hopefully there’s enough snow for you to ski!

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