Washington Pass Overlook is a perfect place for first time Snow hiking. This hike takes you along a short, paved path leading to incredible views of Liberty Bell Mountain, Early Winters Spires and Kangaroo Ridge. At 5,500 feet, it is the road’s highest point and the dividing line between eastern and western Washington.
No ticket/ fee is required to enter this place.
Washington Pass Overlook provides paved parking so you can start enjoying the snow right from the moment you get out of your car. The second you see the gorgeous mountains, snow covered roads and trees, you fall in love with it. Beginners tips: Snow shoes are a must here to avoid your feet getting all cold and drenched. Also don’t forget to carry jackets, gloves, snowcap and your favorite sunglasses.
This is where the hike start. This is a perfect point for your first snow hike photo with snow trees all around and gorgeous mountains as the backdrop. This place is open for seasonal skiing as well so it’s advised to walk in the middle of the trail to be safer.
The trail is a 0.3 mile, flat and paved; making it best for first time hikers and hikers with limitations; it’s wheelchair accessible in summers. Both the sides of the trail is surrounded by really tall snow-covered trees, giving out a cheerful and Christmassy vibe. Carry a water bottle to the hike. Also, vault toilet is available on the way.
Continue your hike and enjoy the beautiful views all around you. It gives a feeling of winter dreamland and we loved it so much that we wanted the trail to be longer. As you move forward, you’ll get a sneak peak of the beauty ahead of you making your heart run towards it.
Once you reach the mile-high rocky outcropping you will be surrounded by North Cascade peaks. The Liberty Bell Group in particular attracts the most attention. It’s 8,000-foot high and rises dramatically to the south, inspiring countless photo shoots bearing its likeness.
Washington Pass Overlook is generally open from May till October, depending on the weather conditions. It was our first snow hike too and we absolutely loved it! This place makes a perfect place for a one day trip from Seattle. It’s open for day use only and camping is not permitted in this area. Leashed pets are welcome.
We tried to include all the details you need to plan your first adventurous snow hike in Washington. If you have any questions, you can post them in comments on our Facebook page or email us and we will try to answer as soon as we can. Happy Exploring!! 🙂