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Snow Shoeing in Granite Mountain Trail, Wenatchee, Washington USA

Trail length:
5mi/8km
Best snow shoeing season:
December 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.

Granite Mountain is located on the Central Cascade Mountain. The trail is 5 mi/8 km long (out and back), about eight hours hike with an elevation gain of 3750 ft/1143 m. The trail is open for snowshoeing from December through early March and is not suitable for beginners. Granite Mountain Trail is one of the most heavily traveled summit trails.

The path is steep and difficult, so a good physical condition is essential. You will walk through dark forests, alpine scenery and untracked snow. Once you reach the summit at 5629 ft/1715 m, the view of the mountains around and Evelyn Lake are breathtaking. 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
101mi/162.5km, 1hour and 48mins
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 and take exit 47.
BY AIR
Sea-Tac International Airport,
146miles/235km from Wenatchee Town
BY TRAIN

From downtown Seattle, not far away 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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