Winter Activities and Where to Stay in Central Washington, Kittitas County

Winter Activities



If you wait all year for that first snowflake to fall, then Central Washington is for YOU! When the cold and snow start, recreation options heat up in Central Washington!

Central Washington, specifically Kittitas County, offers hundreds of miles of groomed trails, with popular options including Blewett Pass on Highway 97, Salmon la Sac north of Roslyn, and the Ronald and Easton areas. PRO TIP: Be sure to check the state's avalanche hotline at (206) 526-6677 before heading out.

Whether you love the power of a snowmobile, or a quiet snowshoe trek, winter is prime time to explore Central Washington. No matter your favorite activities, after a day of adventure on the mountain or trails, warm up for a cozy weekend stay or tasty bite or sip at one of our many excellent options.

Backcountry Snowshoeing

For snowshoeing experts up to the challenge, Kittitas County offers an unparalleled choice of challenging backcountry terrain. Here are some notable places for the bold snowshoe fan to explore.

For snowshoeing experts up to the challenge, our area offers an unparalleled choice of challenging backcountry terrain and scenic views.

See some suggestions below for notable places to make your next snowshoeing excursion! PRO TIP: Be sure to check the state's avalanche hotline at (206) 526-6677 before heading out.

Hex Mountain
Roslyn, WA 98941
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Near Roslyn, this trail represents classic Cascades snowshoeing. Your steep climb through thick forest grants you a great payoff: 360 degree views of Mt. Rainier, the Stuart Range, and the Teanaways. And, the slopes are well forested and sheltered, so avalanche hazards are minimal.


Indian Creek
Cle Elum, WA 98922
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This terrain near Cle Elum is indeed a backcountry adventure. The rewards of this challenging day in the snow are spectacular views of the jagged Stuart Range. This route lets snowshoers deeply appreciate the impressive summits as they find their way up the Teanaway Valley.



Mount Margaret
Roslyn, WA 98941
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Now this is high-end, backcountry snowshoeing! A tough day in the snow, however, allows the determined adventurer to really earn his or her scenic rewards: views of the entire eastern half of the Snoqualmie Pass area, including the snow-covered summits of Mount Catherine and Tinkham Peak.



Sasse Ridge
Roslyn, WA 98941
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Close to Rosyln, this route is a modest climb to the ridge crest, where it opens up to beautiful views and remarkable scenery - views of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness peaks, Cle Elum Lake, and the entire eastern Cascade Mountains.


Thorp Mountain
Roslyn, WA 98941
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Also near Rosyln, this trail requires a long snowshoe trek before traversing the narrow trail to the summit. If youíre up for setting up camp in the snowy forest, Thorp Mountain Trail is a place of calming beauty. The route climbs steeply at times, along both the road and the trail, but generally the snowshoeing is easy.



Snowmobiling Enthusisats

Get outside this winter and enjoy fun-filled days (or weekends... or weeks!) snowmobiling the mountains of Central Washington! Riders are treated to spectacularly breathtaking views of jagged peaks and wooded valleys.

Wintertime sees flocks of visitors journey to Central Washington each winter, but few activities draw more outdoor enthusiasts to the area than snowmobiling. Kittitas County alone offers 2,300 square miles of terrain to explore and 600 miles of groomed trails.

A number of sno-parks are available for use, and more information about specific locales can be found on the Washington State Parks website. Get information on local clubs from Washington State Snowmobiling Association!

PRO TIP: Be sure to check the state's avalanche hotline at (206) 526-6677 before heading out.

Salmon la Sac SnoPark
Roslyn, WA 98941
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Snowmobilers consider this one of the most exciting and scenic locales to tool around in. With a host of stunning views, this has become one of the most popular destinations of choice for snowmobile aficionados.


Stampede Pass
Cle Elum, WA 98922
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Rev 'em up. This Easton area provides a great place to turn up the speed and spray some snow.  Photo courtesy of YellowLeaf.org


Suncadia Resort
Roslyn, WA 98941
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At the resort you can soak in the winter landscape on a guided snow mobile adventure. Each 3-hour tour includes transportation from Suncadia Resort. Regularly scheduled tours are available on weekends and weekdays during holiday breaks.

Several great hills for sledding and tubing are found at Suncadia Resort near Cle Elum! Try the hill behind the Aquatic Center on the golf course for one of the best sled runs!




Skiing

The mountains of Central Washington are the perfect place to make your skiing escape!

Downhill skiers and snowboarders can find their fill of excitement at The Summit at Snoqualmie ski area in Snoqualmie Pass, located about an hour east of Seattle (approx. 50 miles) and an hour west of Ellensburg (approx. 50 miles). The Summit has areas for beginners, intermediates, advanced skiiers, and places like Summit Central with something for everyone. Snowboarders: don't miss the superpipe and terrain parks!

The ski area also offers a tubing area along with cross-country, skiing and snowshoeing trails.

Show off your skills by sharing your photos and videos with us on social media!

Cabin Creek Nordic Ski Area
Roslyn, WA 98922
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This locale is near Easton, and you can enjoy 10 miles of varied terrain on excellently groomed trails. This trail system is perfect for family fun, challenging your skills, and of course, a day of great of exercise. And while youíre here, you can ski up Amabilis Mountain -- a glistening summit ridge of 4,554 ft -- for breathtaking views of Kachess Lake, Keechelus Lake, Mount Catherine, and Silver Peak.



Keechelus Ridge Snowshoe
Roslyn, WA 98941
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Close to Easton, this snowshoe route is all about the climb. At times the trail is broad and not too difficult at all, but if you wish to employ your climbing prowess, you can head straight to the open slopes.



Pipe Creek SnoPark
Cle Elum, WA 98922
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Near Cle Elum, this snopark system is ideal for cross-country touring. Close to Blewett Pass, here you can enjoy the serene stillness of winter in the Northwest.

NOTE: only a standard snopark permit is mandatory



Salmon la Sac SnoPark
Roslyn, WA 98941
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This is a family friendly track trail system where you can take your sweet time around a beautiful 2-mile loop through Salmon la Sac campground.

NOTE: only a standard snopark permit is mandatory



Suncadia Resort
3600 Suncadia Trail
Cle Elum, WA 98922
Call: (509) 649-6400
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The Suncadia Resort in Cle Elum offers snowshoeing trails that the whole family can enjoy -- the tranquil surroundings make for the most peaceful, yet sometimes challenging, excursion.


The Summit at Snoqualmie
1001 State Route 906
Snoqualmie Pass, WA 98068
Call: 425-434-7669
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This summit is indeed the lift you've been waiting for! The Summit at Snoqualmie is the ideal winter retreat. And it's SO CLOSE! There's never a dull run, and there are options for all. Beginners and families can easily hone their skills, while experts can take on the challenge of steep terrain and an array of un-groomed runs. And, if you're really adventurous, ski patrols will take you along on backcountry excursions. Also, the night skiing here at Snoqualmie is well lit with lots of runs, minus the big traffic-causing crowds.



Sledding & Tubing

We are lucky to have the mountains close by. And when there is fresh snow starting to dump in the hills, itís the perfect time to start thinking about adding a sledding or tubing day to your winter to-do list. If youíre ready to take in all the powdery goodness, bundle up your little snow angels and experience Central Washington!

Hyak Sno-Park
Call: 509-656-2230
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Not affiliated with The Summit a Snoqualime, Hyak Sno-Park is in the Snoqualmie area. This area is great for nearly all your favorite winter activities.

Directions: I-90 Exit 54. Turn south at off-ramp (from Seattle, make a right turn off the freeway. From Cle Elum, make a left turn) to the intersection. Turn left, go about 1/8 mile and turn right. Sno-park is on first right. -- Elevation: 2,560 feet -- Open 8 am to 4:30pm


Snoqualmie Pass
Snoqualmie Pass, WA 98941
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Here at one of the area's most popular winter destinations, the whole family can take part in guided snowshoe trips.


Suncadia Resort
Roslyn, WA 98941
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At the resort you can soak in the winter landscape on a guided snow mobile adventure. Each 3-hour tour includes transportation from Suncadia Resort. Regularly scheduled tours are available on weekends and weekdays during holiday breaks.

Several great hills for sledding and tubing are found at Suncadia Resort near Cle Elum! Try the hill behind the Aquatic Center on the golf course for one of the best sled runs!




Snowshoeing and Snow Camping

For snowshoeing experts up to the challenge, Central Washington offers an unparalleled choice of challenging backcountry terrain.

If rugged outdoor adventure is what you are all about - look no further than Central Washington. We have a vast variety of activities all year long, and winter is no exception!

If you love snowshoeing and snowcamping, try Central Washington. Kittitas County is perfect for snowshoeing experts up to the challenge and offers an unparalleled choice of challenging backcountry terrain.

Keechelus Ridge Snowshoe
Roslyn, WA 98941
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Close to Easton, this snowshoe route is all about the climb. At times the trail is broad and not too difficult at all, but if you wish to employ your climbing prowess, you can head straight to the open slopes.



Pipe Creek SnoPark
Cle Elum, WA 98922
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Near Cle Elum, this snopark system is ideal for cross-country touring. Close to Blewett Pass, here you can enjoy the serene stillness of winter in the Northwest.

NOTE: only a standard snopark permit is mandatory



Salmon La Sac Creek Campground
Cle Elum, WA 98922
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This destination offers an array of excellent trails. As you make your way through the forest trail, you'll appreciate unique views of the Cle Elum River Basin and the impressive mountains beyond. NOTE: A standard Snopark permit is mandatory. Bathroom, Campground Host, Potable Water.

This popular campground is located between Cle Elum and Cooper Rivers. It opens the weekend before Memorial Day weekend, weather and snow conditions permitting and closes mid-September.

Fee: $21 (Single), $42 (Double sites), $8 for extra vehcicles


Snoqualmie Pass
Snoqualmie Pass, WA 98941
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Here at one of the area's most popular winter destinations, the whole family can take part in guided snowshoe trips.


Suncadia Resort
3600 Suncadia Trail
Cle Elum, WA 98922
Call: (509) 649-6400
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The Suncadia Resort in Cle Elum offers snowshoeing trails that the whole family can enjoy -- the tranquil surroundings make for the most peaceful, yet sometimes challenging, excursion.






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