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Snow Shoeing in Alaska Lake Trail, Wenatchee, Washington USA

Trail length:
12mi/19km
Best snow shoeing season:
January to March
Wenatchee is the largest city of Chelan County, located in North Central Washington and lies on the west side of the Columbia River. The city is also known as the Apple Capital of the world, due to the valley's apple cultivations.

Alaska Lake is located on the Central Cascade Mountain. The trail is 12 mi/19 km long (out and back), about eight hours hike with an elevation gain of 1600 ft/487 m. The trail is open for snowshoeing from January through late March and is suitable for practitioners of all skill levels and ages. Snowshoers can also spend the night by the lake and return the next day, but low temperatures camping gear is necessary.

By January, the snow is more than enough while the lake’s and mountain’s view is unbelievable. Alaska Lake Trail is a great path to enjoy snowshoeing and practice your skills. You will walk through dark forests, alpine scenery and untracked snow if you visit the trail early enough. The path is not always safe from snowdrifts, so always check the weather forecast before you choose this trail and don’t forget to take with you a map and a compass.

How to Get to Destination

BY CAR FROM Seattle
145mi/233km, 2hours and 23min
Head East on I-90 E and take exit 85 to WA-970 N towards Wenatchee. Turn left on WA-10/WA-970 and enter US-2 E/US-97 N and continue towards N Wenatchee Ave.
BY CAR FROM Wenatchee
97.2mi/156.4km, 1hour and 47mins
From Wenatchee Ave continue on US-2 W/US-97 S and stay on US-97 S. Continue on WA-970 W, turn left on WA-10/WA-970, make an open right turn to enter I-90 W to Seattle. Take exit 53 turn left on Yellowstone Trail Rd, turn right on WA-906 and continue on NF-9041
BY AIR
Sea-Tac International Airport,
146miles/235km from Wenatchee Town
BY TRAIN

From downtown Seattle, not far from the airport, the King Street Train Station is a perfect way to get to Wenatchee. The station offers an enclosed waiting area, with restrooms, ATM and a ticket office. It is located on 303 South Jackson Street.

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