Looking to play in the snow near Seattle? Did the recent lowland snow what your appetite for more? Seattle families will return to packing up the car on weekends and seeking out mountain snow to play in. This has been huge this year, and the state of Washington has responded by opening an additional four temporary snow-play areas and one permanent Sno-Park.
Here’s a look at your new options. As always, check road conditions before heading out, and have a Plan B in mind if your preferred location is full, which it may well be. And stay safe out there!
Temporary snow play areas along the Interstate 90 corridor:
Easton Reload: Two miles south of Lake Easton State Park off Exit 71 from Interstate 90; there are 60 parking spaces. Don’t confuse the new lot with the existing snowmobile parking lot.
29 Pines: Near the campground of the same name, 22 miles north of Cle Elum at the end of the North Fork Teanaway Road; up to 30 parking spaces in the Teanaway Community Forest. Take an easy 1-mile snowshoe trail or use it to connect with the longer routes on Jungle Creek Road. Or just play in the snow.
Cle Elum River Campground: Snowshoe on a short, primitive trail along the river to a picnic table for a chilly lunch or play in the snow. Parking for 30 vehicles along a plowed road. (FYI: The nearest portable toilet is ½-mile away at French Cabin Sno-Park.) Directions: Take exit 80 (Roslyn/Suncadia); sno-park is about 12 miles from Roslyn. Enter “Cle Elum River Campground” if using Googe Maps.
And if you’re willing to travel a little farther:
Oldman Pass: In southwest Washington, north of the Columbia River and the town of Carson; there is a temporary, groomed sledding hill in addition to 25 miles of ski trails to and around picturesque lakes with views of Mount Adams; 25 parking spots.
Silver Star Sno-Park is a new, permanent Sno-Park in the Methow Valley, for use by experienced snowmobilers and alpine touring skiers. It is northwest of Winthrop off Highway 20.