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Posted on: January 13, 2021

Take a guided snowshoe hike this winter at Lake Easton State Park

Rangers will lead small groups, discuss nature, winter safety

OLYMPIA – Jan. 13, 2021 – Washington State Parks invites the public to enjoy guided snowshoe hikes this winter at Lake Easton State Park.

Located off I-90 between North Bend and Ellensburg, Lake Easton State Park offers basic snowshoeing terrain, enthusiastic park guides and beautiful views. 

Snowshoe hikes start promptly at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on the following Saturdays and Sundays: 

  • Jan. 16,17, 23, 24, 30, 31
  • Feb. 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28

Groups will meet at the park’s boat ramp parking lot, 150 Lake Easton Road, Easton (Driving directions.)

Participants should arrive early enough to prepare for the 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. departure and bring snowshoes, trekking poles, layered clothing, boots, snacks and water. 

Lake Easton interpretive staff will lead hikes up to 2 miles long on moderate terrain. These 90-minute snowshoe hikes are family-friendly and accessible to beginners. Guides will share tidbits on natural history, snowshoeing basics and safety information along the way.

Park staff will cap group size at 10 people, per current health restrictions. Reservations are required, but snowshoers without reservations will be accepted if spots are open. Participants must wear face coverings and practice social distancing with people outside their household during the hikes. For more information and to reserve a spot, please call (509) 925-1943. 

If snow is not sufficient for snowshoeing, a boot hike will be offered. Cancellations may occur due to road closures or other winter access issues. 

The guided hikes are free, but Sno-Park permits are required to park: 

  • Daily Sno-Park Permit

Or

  • Seasonal Sno-Park Permit and Groomed Trail Sticker

For more information about Sno-Park permits and groomed trail stickers and how to purchase these, visit the Washington State Parks Winter Recreation web page: parks.state.wa.us/Winter 

About Lake Easton State Park
Lake Easton State Park is a forested, 697-acre camping park with 24,000 feet of freshwater access on the shores of Lake Easton and mid-state access to the Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail in the Cascade Mountain foothills. 

News media contacts:
Laura Busby, Parks Interpretive Specialist, (509) 925-1943
Meryl Lassen, Communications Office, (503) 490-8796

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About Washington State Parks

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages more than 100 state parks and properties totaling approximately 120,000 acres. The Commission provides a variety of recreation opportunities for citizens and provides stewardship protection for a diverse array of natural, cultural and historic resources. State Parks’ statewide programs include long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation. 

News release number: 21-001
 

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