Sno-Park warming huts
Several Washington Sno-Parks offer trailhead or trailside warming huts. These warming huts usually offer wood stoves and seating. Some are cozy and inviting. Others are bare-bones survival structures.
Before COVID-19, the trailside huts drew snowshoers, skiers and snowmobilers to socialize and relax. A few trailhead huts provided a place to change clothes, cook a meal or even spend the night with advance reservations.
While some huts are open for the 2020-21 season, we advise visitors to duck in and warm up but keep visits short and follow COVID-19 protocols (including face coverings and social distancing from those in other households).
Ask yourself this question before entering a hut: Does the risk of exposure to cold outweigh the risk of exposure to COVID-19?
The following huts are open, with noted restrictions, this season:
- Mount Spokane, Vista House — open weekends and holidays for takeout food only.
- Mount Spokane, Selkirk Lodge (Nordic area) – open for use of the restroom.
- Mount Spokane trail huts (Nova Hut, Snowshoe Hut, Tripp Knob Hut, CCC Cabin) — open for emergency use.
- Fields Spring State Park, Puffer Butte and Snowflake huts — open for emergency use ONLY.
- Marble Mountain Sno-Park trailhead hut — open.
- The U.S. Forest Service may open other shelters on the lands it manages.
- USFS huts sit miles apart and can be difficult to reach.
- Visitors should contact the appropriate ranger district to inquire about the status of their shelters.
The following huts are closed for this season:
- Fields Spring State Park, Puffer Butte and Wohelo Lodges (emergency use only)
- Mount Tahoma Trails Association huts near Road 1 and Road 92
Other things to consider:
- Most huts are small and warm, with little ventilation.
- The huts will not be cleaned to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) standards.
- Recent CDC guidance states that 15 minutes is the longest people should stay in such indoor facilities with people outside their household.
- Other indoor facilities may not be accessible, or open hours may be reduced.
- One’s private vehicle may be the safest place to change clothes or warm up.
- Visitors should have a full tank of gas for their winter outing.
Visit our COVID-19 page for more information on responsible recreation during the pandemic.