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Anfield Road
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re: Seattle in December
Went dog sledding in Quebec. Here's one near Seattle/Leavenworth.
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TDawg1313
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re: Seattle in December
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LSUintheNW

What's up

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Rent snowshoes.

Eta....it's only closed if a gate stops you. Otherwise everything is open, just be prepared. Snow doesn't stop you. It just slows you down.

True, but I'd be very hesitant recommending someone that is not very experienced to go snowshoeing up in the mountains in the winter. There's a few trails that are popular that I would feel comfortable recommending, but I would be hesitant to say everything is open when taking into account avalanche danger. I read about quite a few deaths last winter from people on very popular summer trails, but they were trying to do them in the winter.

For snowshoeing, I would check out either Artist Point at Mt Baker or the Skyline Loop at Rainier.

For sledding, definitely Picture Lake at Mt Baker.

For hiking, Rattlesnake Ledge, Wallace Falls, and Oyster Dome will likely be snow free, but could get slick or icy depending on the weather. Another option would be the Ape Caves. It's a 2.5 mile long lava tube that's 42 degrees year round in there. Really cool underground hike, but be prepared to get wet and have backup lights.

Colchuck is definitely a no go. That will be completely covered. The lower elevation hikes on Mtn Loop Hwy like Heather Lake Lake 22 will likely be partially covered by snow. Same with most near North Bend. Some of those are doable, but be prepared with either microspikes or poles and read the trip reports to know what to expect.

If you head up into the mountains or over a pass, you'll have to carry chains. That includes Stevens Pass (Leavenworth), Baker, Rainier, and Snoqualmie
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BlackCoffeeKid
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re: Seattle in December
Thanks for the write up. Really appreciate it.

It's looking like if we do go to Leavenworth then we'll take the Amtrak train from Seattle there. Apparently you can't put chains on a rental car, so I'm at the point where I don't even feel like dealing with that headache.


Snoop Dawg
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re: Seattle in December
The Amtrak to Leavenworth is a good call. Odds are at least one of the passes will be clear, but you never know. Cool thing about taking the train is that you will travel through the longest human transport tunnel in the USA, the Cascade Tunnel beneath Stevens Pass. If you are a very good hiker, and snow hasn’t hit the higher elevations near Leavenworth, research “the Enchantments.” Dress appropriately, don’t over do it if the opportunity presents itself.


BlackCoffeeKid
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re: Seattle in December
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The Amtrak to Leavenworth is a good call.

Any idea on how reliable it is to be on schedule?

Have a 2:30pm plane to catch at SeaTac and the train is scheduled to arrive in Seattle at 10:30am.


LSUintheNW
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re: Seattle in December
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What's up


Just living the dream

How you doing?


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Snoop Dawg
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re: Seattle in December
Occasionally a landslide will close the Amtrak line between Seattle and Edmonds. When that happens they use busses between Everett and Seattle.


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