Snow Shoeing in Snow Lake Trail, Wenatchee, Washington USA

Trail length:
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.

Snow Lake is located on the Central Cascade Mountain and it is considered to be one of the most popular wilderness trails in the Pacific Northwest. The trail is 10 mi/17 km long (out and back), about seven hours hike with an elevation gain of 2000 ft/609 m.

The trail is open for snowshoeing from January through early March and is not suitable for beginners. 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.

Snow Lake Trail is a great path to enjoy snowshoeing and practice your skills. You will walk through dark forests, alpine scenery and untouched 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.