South Shore's Outing to Snoqualmie Pass Snow Shoeing and Sledding

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Team:
South Shore K-8
Date:
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Trip Types:
Snow Shoeing, Snow Sledding
Photos:
Plan:
We'll start the day with a hike hike to the Gold Creek pond from Gold Creek Sno-Park. It's a short hike, but a good enough length for elementary school kids who are trying snow shoes for the first time. We'll have lunch at the lake and then we'll head over to Hyak (just the other side of I-90 from Gold Creek) for a couple hours of fun sledding.
Report:
It was a cold, snowy Saturday, but unfortunately there was not enough snow on the ground for either snowshoeing or sledding. It sure looked like a picture-perfect winter wonderland, but the trail to Gold Creek Pond was very compacted so we decided not to use snowshoes. From past experience I know that unless the snow is so deep you can’t walk without them kids won’t like wearing snowshoes just to get practice with them. It was snowing the whole time and there was a foot of powdery snow off the trail so the kids got to have fun playing in the snow regardless. It was surprisingly cold at Gold Creek Pond so we ate lunch quickly and then headed out. After lunch we drove 5 minutes to the opposite side of I-5 for sledding at Hyak. Unfortunately, due to low snow groundcover sledding at Hyak was closed. We had to drive back to the Gold Creek snow-park and make the best of it sledding on the tiny slopes there. It wasn’t epic sledding like at Hyak, but the kids made snowmen and still had fun sledding.

---Timeline---

9:00am Meet the kids at South Shore School

9:30am Leave South Shore for Gold Creek Sno Park at Snoqualmie Pass via I-90

10:45am Arrive at Gold Creek, start short snowshoe hike.

12:30pm Eat lunch at Gold Creek pond.

1:15pm Return to vans

1:30pm Short Drive to Hyak Sledding hill

1:45pm Back to the snow-park for a couple hours of sledding

3:15pm Load into vans for the drive back to Seattle

4:30pm Return to South Shore School
Suggestions:
Be sure to call and find out if sledding is open at Hyak. We sledded there last year and it was really fun, but this year because there was not enough snow the Summit at Snoqualmie was not allowing anyone to sled there.

We brought a camping stove with us and heated up apple cider. It was very cold at our Gold Creek Pond lunch spot, so the hot apple cider was a big hit with the kids.

We got back to South Shore School about a half-hour late because it was snowy at the Pass and traffic was moving slowly. If it’s going to be snowy at the Pass be sure to factor that into your return time.

Photos

Ready to go hiking in the snow.  There wasn't enough snow on the ground to need the snowshoes we brought.

Sat., Dec. 15, 2012

[South Shore] Snoqualmie Pass Snow Shoeing and Sledding

Everyone is having fun tromping through the ice in the little frozen stream.

Sat., Dec. 15, 2012

[South Shore] Snoqualmie Pass Snow Shoeing and Sledding

Ice guitars!

Sat., Dec. 15, 2012

[South Shore] Snoqualmie Pass Snow Shoeing and Sledding

One of a zillion snowballs that were thrown during the hike out to Gold Creek Pond.

Sat., Dec. 15, 2012

[South Shore] Snoqualmie Pass Snow Shoeing and Sledding

Mini-igloo!

Sat., Dec. 15, 2012

[South Shore] Snoqualmie Pass Snow Shoeing and Sledding

Sledding at Gold Creek Sno-Park.  Not ideal, but Hyak was closed because of low snow coverage so this was our fall-back option.

Sat., Dec. 15, 2012

[South Shore] Snoqualmie Pass Snow Shoeing and Sledding

Geronimo! Sledding at Gold Creek Sno-park.

Sat., Dec. 15, 2012

[South Shore] Snoqualmie Pass Snow Shoeing and Sledding

The kids decided that the snowman they built could be put to better use to build up their sled ramp, so they rolled it down the slope to their ramp-in-progress.

Tue., Jan. 15, 2013

[South Shore] Snoqualmie Pass Snow Shoeing and Sledding

Not ideal conditions or location, but everyone still had fun sledding.

Sat., Dec. 15, 2012

[South Shore] Snoqualmie Pass Snow Shoeing and Sledding