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Hyak Sno-Park Trails

Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Washington

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  • The scenery begins at the parking lot.- Hyak Sno-Park Trails
  • Wide routes are suitable for beginners and make for great workouts.- Hyak Sno-Park Trails
  • The trails at Hyak Sno-Park.- Hyak Sno-Park Trails
  • Great mountain views throughout.- Hyak Sno-Park Trails
  • The trails at Hyak Sno-Park are very well maintained.- Hyak Sno-Park Trails
  • Winter restroom facilities are available.- Hyak Sno-Park Trails
  • Good views from the trails at Hyak Sno-Park.- Hyak Sno-Park Trails
  • Good views from the trails at Hyak Sno-Park.- Hyak Sno-Park Trails
  • Good views from the trails at Hyak Sno-Park.- Hyak Sno-Park Trails
  • Back to the parking lot.- Hyak Sno-Park Trails
  • Hyak Sno-Park.- Hyak Sno-Park Trails
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Flat. Well groomed. Very scenic. Easily accessible.
Cons: 
Power lines.
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Region:
Alpine Lakes Wilderness, WA
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
No
Groomed trail: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
100.00 ft (30.48 m)
Parking Pass: 
Sno-Park Parking Permit (required in OR + WA 11.01 thru 04.30)
Preferable Season(s):
Winter
Total Distance: 
15.20 mi (24.46 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
2,503.00 ft (762.91 m)
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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The trails at Hyak Sno-Park are a great option for beginners and old pros alike. With a flat track and a hefty grooming schedule, it's easy to find your rhythm out on the snow. Add to this the Hyak Sno-Park Sledding Hill and the heated bathrooms, and you have an area with broad appeal.

Following the trail leaving from Hyak will lead you to Crystal Springs, another great Washington cross-country skiing destination, in 7.6 miles. The track follows the John Wayne Pioneer Trail, which is a year-round trail built on top of an old Chicago-Milwaukee-St. Paul-Pacific railroad line known as the Milwaukee Road. This means the grade remains relatively flat; it also means that the route parallels I-90, but the traffic is barely audible as it flows by Keechelus Lake. The entire route is filled with stunning mountain views. From the peaks visible just down the track to those that are perfectly framed across the lake, the scenery makes Hyak a great place to bring your camera.

As with other area trails, you'll need a sno-park permit and a special groomed trail permit to enjoy the trails at Hyak.

Backcountry Safety

Winter backcountry adventures can be dangerous outdoor activities that pose significant risks as conditions affecting safety (i.e. weather, snowpack stability, avalanche hazard) are constantly changing. Prior to engaging in these activities each individual should get the proper training to make safe decisions and be equipped to use avalanche safety resources and tools. Please visit our Backcountry Skiing and Avalanche Safety post to learn more.

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