With winter’s white blanket thickening on mountain slopes around the region, many people are preparing for the snowshoe season.
As the snow piles up, a number of agencies and groups, such as the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service and Mount St. Helens Institute will hold guided snowshoe walks. Here is a look at some of the offerings:
US FOREST SERVICE
The Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest will conduct trips that will provide lessons on winter ecology beginning the first week of January through March. To offset the costs of the program, a donation of $15 per person is suggested for all tours except the extended hike, where $25 is requested.
NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
After early January, walks are offered Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Walks start at 11:45 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Meet inside the Henry M. Jackson Memorial Visitor Center at Paradise. Sign-ups begin one hour before the walk.
Snowshoes are provided, or visitors may use their own. A donation of $5 per person is asked to help defray the cost of snowshoe maintenance.
MOUNT ST. HELENS
The Mount St. Helens Institute will offer guided snowshoe adventures starting Jan. 24 and running through March 21. Trips include Ape Cave, June Lake and Old Man Pass. Registration is required ($45) and does not cover the cost of a Sno-Park Pass. Rentals are available. Get more details at mshinstitute.org.