Vigorous yet gentle exercise, beautiful views, peaceful wilderness, low-cost gear—these are all reasons to enjoy snowshoeing.

12 Best Snowshoeing Spots in Montreal

Sherman Pass Loop (Advanced)

At 5,575 feet of elevation, Sherman Pass is Washington State’s highest mountain pass that’s open year-round, according to Recreation.gov. Since no avalanche advisories are available for this area, Sherman Pass is recommended for experienced users who know survival skills and are educated about assessing avalanche risk.

Located in the Colville National Forest, east of the town of Republic, the Kettle Crest Trailhead begins just off Highway 20 (Sherman Pass Scenic Byway), and connects with Kettle Crest South Trail #13 to create a 6-mile loop, with 1,000 feet of elevation gain. “It’s a gorgeous area,” says Mark Beattie, Mountain Gear’s assistant store manager with over 40 years of snowshoeing, backcountry skiing, telemark skiing, and Nordic skiing experience. You’ll likely see backcountry skiers enjoying this area as well.

Beattie recommends visiting Snow Peak Cabin, located south of the summit—a one-room cabin open year-round that’s available for overnight reservations through the recreation.gov website. Before you go, check pass driving conditions at the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) website. A Washington State Sno-Parks permit is required for parking. For more hike details, visit wta.org.


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