This winter is proving to be one for the books. With higher than average snowfall, and colder than average temperatures, there’s been plenty of opportunity to get out and enjoy the snow. We’ve been trying to get out as much as possible, and make sure Juneau is able to get enough exercise, by picking some of our favorite summertime trails and giving them a try in the snow. It’s amazing how different things can look when they’re covered in snow. Of the few trails we’ve done so far, snowshoeing Farragut State Park has been my favorite.
I know I’ve expressed my love for Farragut before. We’ve hiked, camped, biked, and now snowshoed our way through the park. One of our favorite viewpoints overlooks Buttonhook Bay and the small town of Bayview.
You can easily access a trailhead from within the park that will take you to this same viewpoint, but we often park just outside the park, at a small trailhead on Twete Rd. The trail is pretty much flat the entire way, the first mile or so opens up to a tree-filled valley on one side, a view worth stopping to take in.
Tracks from cross country skis, snowmobiles and animals were all visible the day we went, despite the recent snowfall. Even though they left behind evidence of their visit, we only ran into one other set of snowshoers that day. Kyle had a nice little surprise when we got to the viewpoint. He packed our Jetboil, some cocoa, some fruit and our favorite cheese (Cougar Gold, baby) and we had a nice picnic in the snow surrounded by frosty evergreens and a beautiful view of Lake Pend d’Oreille.
As beautiful as it’s been and as much as we’ve been able to explore our winter wonderland, I’m very much looking forward to spring.
From Coeur d’Alene, take Highway 95 north and Turn right onto Highway 54. Follow the round-about and make the first right onto N. Good Hope Rd. Follow Good Hope and then turn left onto E. Twete Rd. The trailhead is on the left hand side.