Barely a skiff of snow was registered around the Columbia Basin today, despite a forecast indicating more flakes would be coming, and nothing is left of what did come, and since the next chance of snow is Sunday, about a 50-50 likelihood, so winter fans you'll have to head to the mountains for seasonal fun and the following sounds like a very good time.

Washington State Parks invites you, John & Jane Q. Public, to enjoy guided snowshoe hikes this winter at Lake Easton State Park.

Located off I-90 between North Bend and Ellensburg, Lake Easton State Park offers basic snowshoeing terrain, enthusiastic park guides and beautiful views.

Snowshoe hikes start promptly at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on the following Saturdays and Sundays: January 23, 24, 30, 31 and in February, on Saturdays and Sundays: February 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 and 28.

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Groups will meet at the park’s boat ramp parking lot, 150 Lake Easton Road, Easton. Directions can be found here.

Participants should arrive early enough to prepare for the 11:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. departure and bring snowshoes, trekking poles, layered clothing, boots, snacks and water.

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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 nuggets 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.

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De Agostini via Getty Images

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. For more information about Sno-Park permits, groomed trail stickers and how to purchase these, visit the Washington State Parks Winter Recreation web page.

About Lake Easton State Park

Lake Easton State Park is a forested, 697-acre camping park with 24,000 feet of freshwater access on the shores of Lake Easton and mid-state access to the Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail in the Cascade Mountain foothills.

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