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22 Must-do Snowshoe Trails in the West

01.30.18

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22 Must-do Snowshoe Trails in the West

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  • Enjoying the view of Diamond Peak.- 22 Must-do Snowshoe Trails in the West
  • Snowshoeing in the Willamette National Forest.- 22 Must-do Snowshoe Trails in the West
  • The view from above Red Lake east toward Hope Valley.- 22 Must-do Snowshoe Trails in the West
  • A well-deserved snowshoe break above the Red Lake drainage.- 22 Must-do Snowshoe Trails in the West
  • The snowshoe trail at Hollyburn Mountain runs alongside the groomed cross-country trails. - 22 Must-do Snowshoe Trails in the West
  • Stunning views over the city and into Washington from Hollyburn Mountain.- 22 Must-do Snowshoe Trails in the West
  • Approaching Buffalo Mountain from the Gore Range Trail.- 22 Must-do Snowshoe Trails in the West
  • Descending on the Gore Range Trail from Buffalo Mountain.- 22 Must-do Snowshoe Trails in the West
  • Carbon River Trail.- 22 Must-do Snowshoe Trails in the West
  • Trail along the Carbon River.- 22 Must-do Snowshoe Trails in the West
  • Brown Mountain lies up ahead.- 22 Must-do Snowshoe Trails in the West
  • Mount McLoughlin dominates the skyline from Brown Mountain.- 22 Must-do Snowshoe Trails in the West
  • Following the signs to the summer trailhead on the Cooper River Trail.- 22 Must-do Snowshoe Trails in the West
  •  Looking down the river from the bridge.- 22 Must-do Snowshoe Trails in the West
  • Ice formations along Heughs Canyon.- 22 Must-do Snowshoe Trails in the West
  • Enjoying the winter scenery in Heughs Canyon.- 22 Must-do Snowshoe Trails in the West
  • Skirting the lake on the Frog Lake Snowshoe.- 22 Must-do Snowshoe Trails in the West
  • Frog Lake Trailhead signage.- 22 Must-do Snowshoe Trails in the West
  • Large boulder on the route.- 22 Must-do Snowshoe Trails in the West
  • Lake Elizabeth from the south shore.- 22 Must-do Snowshoe Trails in the West
  • Cross-country skiing up to the Sallie Barber Mine.- 22 Must-do Snowshoe Trails in the West
  • View to the east from the Sallie Barber Mine.- 22 Must-do Snowshoe Trails in the West
  • The Matrimony Tree on the ridge.- 22 Must-do Snowshoe Trails in the West
  • Dogs are allowed on the Matrimony Tree Trail- 22 Must-do Snowshoe Trails in the West
  • Finger Lakes.- 22 Must-do Snowshoe Trails in the West
  • Sugar Pine State Park.- 22 Must-do Snowshoe Trails in the West
  • East ridge of Scott Hill.- 22 Must-do Snowshoe Trails in the West
  • Thunder Mountain (6,556 ft) above Surprise Lake. If you look closely you can see the crown of an avalanche. - 22 Must-do Snowshoe Trails in the West
  • Snowshoeing beside Horseshoe Lake.- 22 Must-do Snowshoe Trails in the West
  • Lake Mary Road in the winter.- 22 Must-do Snowshoe Trails in the West
  • Following the road back to the parking area.- 22 Must-do Snowshoe Trails in the West
  • Looking back toward Steamboat Lake State Park from Hahns Peak.- 22 Must-do Snowshoe Trails in the West
  • Snowshoeing the Dewey Point Trail.- 22 Must-do Snowshoe Trails in the West
  • Journeyman Lodge.- 22 Must-do Snowshoe Trails in the West
  • Snowshoeing on Little Black Mountain.- 22 Must-do Snowshoe Trails in the West
  • Snowshoeing to Chickadee Ridge.- 22 Must-do Snowshoe Trails in the West
  • Climbing to views across the northern Tahoe Basin from Chickadee Ridge.- 22 Must-do Snowshoe Trails in the West
  • One of the friendly chickadees that gives the Chickadee Ridge route its name.- 22 Must-do Snowshoe Trails in the West
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Quiet, snow covered trails. The soft crunch of the snow beneath your clunky snowshoes as you settle into a steady rhythm of plodding up the trail. The brisk, fresh air nipping at your cheeks and ears as you get your heart rate up.

Many folks stop outdoor adventuring in the winter months, but those of us who know and love the scenery, sounds, and smells of a winter trail know that the best is just getting started. In many places out West, January through March are the months that see the heaviest snowfall, meaning the time is ripe to get out there and enjoy your favorite places as they are blanketed by white.

There are an amazing amount of snowy trails out west, and with the low cost to rent or buy snowshoes (prices start at about $60 at retailers like REI), it’s a great way to get out and get moving.

Winter hiking is slightly more dangerous for several reasons: hypothermic conditions, risk of dehydration because people are less likely to drink water in the cold, etc. The most significant consideration, however, is avalanche danger. Snowshoeing is best done in moderate terrain--stay away from the steeps if possible, and if you do explore areas that might slide, be sure you do your research ahead of time. Here are a few basics all trip leaders should consider before venturing outside of a set trail area.

See below for a list of our 22 favorite destinations for tromping through the woods and seeing something new.

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