Basic Snowshoeing (old) - Field trip

Field trip: Basic Snowshoeing

Basic Snowshoeing (old) - Field trip - Alpental Backcountry

Hands on practice of snow travel skills and hazard identification during a short snowshoe trek. (NOTE: Field trip location changed to Alpental because of closed roads to Paradise (original field trip location) due to heavy snow.)

  • Easy
  • Mileage: 4.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 500 ft

There will be 2 locations for rendezvous and choosing carpools.

  • South Hill Puyallup Park and Ride.  Depart at 6:45 AM
  • Preston Park and Ride. Depart at 7:15 AM

Skills to be demonstrated and practiced

  • Donning and removing snowshoes
  • Falling without injury
  • Getting up from a fall
  • Travel techniques
    • Herringbone
    • Switching back
    • Side stepping 
    • Kick step
    • Rest Step
    • Breaking trail
    • Turning in snowshoe
    • Walking backwards in snowshoes
    • Plunge stepping
  • Snowshoe striding

Alpental Ski Area

  • Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass No. 207

    Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass Gateway No. 207S

    USGS Snoqualmie Pass
  • See full route/place details.
Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • Winter gear
  • Snowshoes
  • Trekking poles
  • Ten Essentials
  • Plastic Bag for wet gear
  • Map from student manual
  • Change of clothes after trip (Recommended)
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