When the snowcaps start to show, there is no better time to experience the mountains of Stevens Pass or Darrington.
In the north part of the county, just northwest of Darrington, is the Finny Creek-Segelson Creek Sno-Park on Mt. Higgins in the heart of the Cascades. This picturesque 63-mile groomed winter recreation trail system is designated for snowmobiling and takes you to beautiful Cumberland Pass to the west and Finney Creek to the east. From Darrington, drive west about five miles to Swede Heaven Road, then drive 1.5 miles to Forest Service road 18. It is about one mile to parking and the trailhead.
Before You Go
• There are 30 parking spaces.
• For current information, call the Groomed Trails hotline at 1-800-233-0321 from September to March.
• Finney Creek Trail Map: http://www.parks.state.wa.us/DocumentCenter/Home/View/130.
• Segelsen Creek Trail Map: http://www.parks.state.wa.us/DocumentCenter/Home/View/186.
• Remember: snowmobiles are prohibited in congressionally designated wilderness areas.
Things to Know for Winter Recreation:
• Weather and road conditions can change.
• Be prepared for winter driving, limited sight distance and bumpy driving on all Forest Service roads.
• Carry the 10 essentials for all winter activities; see the list at www.snohomish.org/explore/hiking-camping-nature.
• Bring extra clothing, food, water, blankets, first aid kit, shovel, and tire chains.
• Let someone know your destination and expected day/time of return.
• Check the avalanche forecast at www.nwac.us.
• Never assume you can outrun an avalanche on skis or snowmobile.
• Carry avalanche rescue gear: a shovel, probe, and beacon.
• Check road conditions in the Cascades by calling 888-SNO-INFO.
• Sno-Park Permits are required from November through April 30, and are available beginning Nov. 1 at https://fortress.wa.gov/parks/ecomm/sno/dsnostp0.asp.
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