Pacific Crest Trail: White Pass to Chinook Pass


Beginner Snowshoe - Pacific Crest Trail: North from White Pass

A 4 mile round trip, moderately easy, snowshoe outing for families with children over the age of six years which will include lunch that participants bring and snowplay on the trail. Snow conditions and weather will be impact how far we go and our activities!

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  • For Beginners (Getting Started Series)
  • Mileage: 4.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 100 ft

The participants will meet at 8:30 am at the L & I  Parking Lot on Linderson Way off of Tumwater Blvd near I-5 in Tumwater, Washington.   From the Park and Ride, we will caravan or carpool to White Pass.

There are no passes required for this event.

This is a family snowshoe trip for families with children older than 6 years old. Please bring lunch to eat on the trail in addition to snacks and water.  We will be snowshoeing from Route 12 north on the Pacific Crest trail for a couple of miles and then returning.   There is not a lot of elevation gain and we will be in the trees most of the time.  The Olympia branch has snowshoes to loan out for the trip for both adults and children as well as some winter clothing for children who do not have ideal clothing for such an outing. However, to use the snowshoes, one stills needs snow boots of some sort. Please discuss your needs with the leader or assistant leader.


This trip can be combined with an overnighter at Three Volcanoes Cabin near Randle.  This is listed separately as a Three Volcanoes Cabin Urban Adventure.  Families spending the night at the cabin might choose to return to White Pass for more snow play on their own the following day, or hike in the nearby lowlands.


Pacific Crest Trail: White Pass to Chinook Pass

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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Snowshoes (Olympia can supply for adults or children on request)
  • Sturdy, warm boots
  • Poles  (also available from Mountaineers---ask your leader)
  • Winter hat, gloves or mittens, appropriate clothing  (we have bibs, some good coats, hats, mittens, and even a few pair of winter boots if needed)
  • Each adult should bring their 10 essentials for winter
  • Each kid should bring a backpack with spare clothing, water, spare food, and age appropriate 10 essentials   (we also have loaner backpacks for kids)
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