This is something I really want to check with the wife. Washington State Parks is offering guided snowshoe hikes in Lake Easton State Park and they are free to the public. It sounds like it could be a great day trip for you and the family if you are wanting to get out of the Columbia Basin. 

Lake Easton State Park is located off I-90 between North Bend and Ellensburg so it's about a 90-minute drive from the Tri-Cities.

According to a press release from the Park Officials:

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:

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

Park Officials say that the groups will meet at the park’s boat ramp parking lot,150 Lake Easton Road in Easton

You 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.

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