Heather Lake. Mount Pilchuck. Lake 22. Wonderful, beautiful, agonisingly rewarding hikes—that you’ve already done, maybe twice. If you haven’t, you should, but you should probably wait until the spring, because elevation is not your friend in the winter.
If you love to hike, then the winter is simply a tough time to go out. Snowshoeing is fun, sure, but it’s twice as tiring and gear-heavy. You could lean into the snow and go skiing, but that gets expensive very fast. What if you just want to hike? Well, here’s what.
These hikes are all located in the Entiat Valley, about a three-hour drive from Seattle. While the area’s most popular winter wonderland is arguably Leavenworth, there are plenty of other beautiful—and less crowded—places to go around towns like Wenatchee, Ardenvoir, and Brief.
Just getting started with Seattle-area hikes? We’ve mapped 12 essential day hikes as a primer.
Editor’s note: Because some of these hikes are lesser-known, map points are often approximate. Consult a map with more detailed and accurate locations, or a ranger station, before departing.Read More