Finding that perfect winter hike can be a challenging task but getting out during the colder months can be endlessly rewarding. Avoid the crowds, see familiar landscapes through new eyes and shake off the winter doldrums during one of the hikes we've selected below. These guides will help you find what you're looking for whether it's a beginner snowshoe route or a snow-free hike close to home.
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Winter Safety Tips
Winter exploration can present dangers that far exceed those of hiking in the summertime. Always check avalanche conditions, choose your destinations wisely, let someone know where you are going, pack properly for winter and know how to navigate.
Avoid Avalanches: How to Know and Where to Go
Temperature, snow conditions and hazards can fluctuate dramatically in our never-boring northwest climate. Get some tips for checking mountain conditions and picking a fun, safe hike, every single time.
Take to the snow this year by donning snowshoes. Here you'll find out how to plan your trip, what to wear, how to be safe and even how to bring your dog along.
WTA's Favorite Hikes Close to Home
We help you get outside year round, but we know that can get harder in the winter. Get ideas from WTA staffers on where we go (and why) when we need a close-to-home escape.
18 Gardens to Wander in this Winter
Arboretums and local gardens make great wintertime destinations. They're close to town and have relatively flat trail systems, so they're great for a casual stroll, practicing your macro photography, or
13 Winter Backpacking Destinations
Winter may seem like a time to hang up your backpack and retire your tent for the season but there are still plenty of opportunities to spent a night outside even when the temperatures are low.
Try Something New: 9 Lesser-Known King County Parks
The King County Parks system covers a lot of ground, with parks and greenspaces dotted across the county. You've probably got your favorite, but with so many to choose from, why not try a new-to-you park?
Wastewater Treatment Trails: These Hikes Don't Stink
Want to visit one of the most underrated destinations for year-round hiking? Check out your local wastewater-treatment plant. No, really.
Delightful with a Dusting: 9 Trails Worth a Winter Hike
There's nothing quite as magical as experiencing your favorite summer hikes when they're covered in a dusting of snow. Winter hiking is a great chance to see some of your beloved trails in a whole new light.
11 Winter Hikes for Beach Views, Rolling Hills and Lush Forests
Check out one of these eleven great winter hiking trails to help stay in hiking shape and beat the winter blahs.
Winter Wildlife Hikes
Winter can be a great season for spotting wild animals. Here are a few trails you might catch wonderful wildlife in action this season, along with some wildlife-watching tips.
Easygoing Hikes to Watch for Spring
We've come out the other end of the season's dark tunnel into the brighter light of not-quite-spring. It's a curious time of year when the high country is still locked deep under snow. But, there are parts of Washington already waking up to the new season. And if tromping through snow drifts isn't your jam, then these lower elevation trails are perfect for hiking in late winter.