Cascade Region, Seattle
One of my favorite winter time activities is snowshoeing. It can be inexpensive and a very good workout. There are many marked trails to follow. I went to Gold Creek just East of Snoqualmie Pass. It is approximately 45mins East of Seattle. This is also a site for cross country skiing. Animals are welcome on the trails as well.
There is also an area for sledding and playing in the snow near the west trail head.
You will need to purchase a Sno Park Pass. You can do this online for $9. I recommend otherwise it is about $50 if you are ticketed.
You can rent snowshoes at REI for $11 a weekend.
Owesome View !Surrounded by a calm river, and a line of broaded pines trees. Memories that will last a life time. Perfect for the whole family no entry or parking fees, spent the day and get in shape by walking 2 miles up and down to take a closer look of the beatifull Snoqualmie Falls, enjoy lunch with your loved ones and take lots of pictures. about 45 minutes from Downtown Seattle. Praise the Lord! in his creation.
If you're in Seattle and you're a hiker, do not pass this hike up. Blanca Lake is perhaps the most beautifully perfect lake in all of Washington state. It is a perfect aquamarine color, and in mid to late summer, it is swimmable (i.e. it's not freezing cold).
From the trailhead, the trail immediately starts switchbacking up the steep mountain, and you need to be in half-decent shape to make it without a struggle. After about 2 hours, you reach the tree line and the vistas become gorgeous, tall jutting mountains all around, including Glacier Peak. The trail moves through mountain meadows to a small dark pond (looks like Walden pond to me). A bit more of an uphill, then down the other side of the mountain to the lake basin. The lake peeking through the trees will take your breath away. To explore around the lake, carefully cross the lake on the logs by its outlet. The glacier beyond can be explored with iceaxe and crampons.
Driving time: 1hr45min each way.
Hike time: 5-6hrs, depending on fitness
Trail pass: yes, $5 for a day pass
Mt. St. Helens is a part of the Cascade range volcanos which can be observed in all its natural beauty and splendour ..... I would definitely recommend hiking around the trails of this active volcano ...... and the lava tubes are a must see .......
Have brunch at Snoqualmie Falls.
This is where the TV show 'Twin Peaks' was filmed. It's a beautiful waterfall, plus there's a very nice lodge at the top. You can have brunch there (it's expensive, but you won't need to eat for about 3 weeks afterwards). Great views over the falls from some places in the restaurant. Cosy mountain lodge feel. Walk down to the falls to work off the big breakfast.
We have relatives (in-laws) who we stay with. I would hate to have to book hotels anywhere in the area.
We did stay on the road at a Bed and Breakfast in Marblemount (high in the Cascades). It was very unique...like something out of 'Northern Exposure'. There's also a place down the road from there that's the home to thousands of rabbits..no one seems to know why they stay around there... very strange!