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In Search of a Winter Wonderland? Read This Before You Go

Susy Alkaitis - December 23, 2020

Over the past year we have spent the majority of our time very close- essentially in walking or biking distance- to home. But every once in a while, we get out and find a new hiking trail to ease our cabin fever  and quench our desire for adventure. With the winter season quickly approaching, we jumped in our Subaru Outback and headed into the heart of the North Cascades in search of a snow covered winter wonderland. 

Our destination was Rainy Pass Trailhead, an area with 3 different trails to choose from- or you can do all 3! We chose to hike to Rainy Lake on the the 2 mile ADA accessible trail. We took our time wandering and taking photos of the beautiful snowy mountain sights and meandering along the paved path. We came across people from all different walks of life, age and experience level, and it felt like a trail for most everyone- that is until the snow covers the mountain in a few weeks. 

A few steps into the trail, we realized we had both forgotten to bring our gloves! It was our first time adventuring in snow after quite a few months of living in a more temperate climate, and we had forgotten to review Leave No Trace winter recreation suggestions and guidelines. After a lovely afternoon of exploring snowy trees, peaks and waterfalls, we headed back down the mountain in search of cocoa and a warm fire, and to review those Leave No Trace winter recreation tips. 

Getting outside each day can be an important part of balancing mental health. As the winter season approaches, remember to Recreate Responsibly by practicing Leave No Trace. Check out these tips to practice Leave No Trace all winter long:

The 7 Principles of Leave No Trace for Winter Recreation

Five Winter Hiking Tips


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