South Shore's Outing to Gold Creek Sno-Park/Snoqualmie Pass

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Team:
South Shore K-8
Date:
Saturday, January 23, 2016
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:
I think the trip was great. The kids had tons of fun and will have very favorable memories of playing in the snow.
With rain all the way to the pass we were worried about the weather, luckily it was just cold enough to be snowing at the pass. We walked out to Gold Creek pond with the kids playing in the snow the whole way. We originally planned on snowshoeing but the trail was very well packed and so did not need them.
We then drove over to the Hyak parking area and had lunch in the vehicles. After lunch went sledding for about an hour and a half. At which point it was 3 and time to head back.
Suggestions:
It would have been nice to have a sheltered place for lunch. Eating in the vehicles was messy and not optimal.

When going to the Hyak sno-park try to bring discover passes with you. To Avoid the $10 one day/per vehicle discover pass charge.

Photos

We were worried on the drive up it was a little too warm, but at the pass is was snowing and there was plenty of snow for everyone on the Gold Creek trail.

Sat., Jan. 23, 2016

[South Shore] Gold Creek Sno-Park/Snoqualmie Pass

It was a little above freezing, but it was still snowing so the kids got to experience real snowy winter on the snow creek trail.

Sat., Jan. 23, 2016

[South Shore] Gold Creek Sno-Park/Snoqualmie Pass

For many of the kids this trip to Snoqualmie pass is their first time seeing snow.  Even if they have seen snow before most have never seen deep snow and just being able to throw themselves on it and have a soft landing is a fun new experience.

Sat., Jan. 23, 2016

[South Shore] Gold Creek Sno-Park/Snoqualmie Pass

Taking a break from hiking on the Gold Creek Trail.

Sat., Jan. 23, 2016

[South Shore] Gold Creek Sno-Park/Snoqualmie Pass

While building a snowman the kids end up piling more snow on each other.

Sat., Jan. 23, 2016

[South Shore] Gold Creek Sno-Park/Snoqualmie Pass

There was not quite enough time to finish a snowman, so the result was more of a BB-8.

Sat., Jan. 23, 2016

[South Shore] Gold Creek Sno-Park/Snoqualmie Pass

Who needs lunch when there is so much snow?

Sat., Jan. 23, 2016

[South Shore] Gold Creek Sno-Park/Snoqualmie Pass

Time to leave Gold Creek Pond and go sledding.

Sat., Jan. 23, 2016

[South Shore] Gold Creek Sno-Park/Snoqualmie Pass

After the Gold Creek hike we went to the Hyak Sno-Park Sledding Hill.  Entrance to the Sno-Park required a snow park pass AND a Discover Pass per vehicle.  Not an ideal nature experience, but the sledding hill is well designed. The kids had a good time.

Sat., Jan. 23, 2016

[South Shore] Gold Creek Sno-Park/Snoqualmie Pass

The Hyak Sno-Park sledding hill is popular so the kids had to wait in line for their turn to sled.

Sat., Jan. 23, 2016

[South Shore] Gold Creek Sno-Park/Snoqualmie Pass

After waiting their turn in line the kids get to go sledding.

Sat., Jan. 23, 2016

[South Shore] Gold Creek Sno-Park/Snoqualmie Pass

Sledding on the Hyak Sno-Park sledding hill.

Sat., Jan. 23, 2016

[South Shore] Gold Creek Sno-Park/Snoqualmie Pass

Sledding on the Hyak Sno-Park sledding hill.

Sat., Jan. 23, 2016

[South Shore] Gold Creek Sno-Park/Snoqualmie Pass

Sledding on the Hyak Sno-Park sledding hill.

Sat., Jan. 23, 2016

[South Shore] Gold Creek Sno-Park/Snoqualmie Pass

Sledding on the Hyak Sno-Park sledding hill.

Sat., Jan. 23, 2016

[South Shore] Gold Creek Sno-Park/Snoqualmie Pass