The Mount St. Helens Institute is offering a series of guided snowshoe walks this winter.
Led by staffers and volunteers, the walks will take participants through the winter wilderness and provide interpretive information along the way. The walks are a chance to explore the trails of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, stay fit through the winter months and make new friends.
The Sunday snowshoe adventures are for people of all snowshoeing abilities, no experience is necessary. Most of the adventures are family friendly.
Here are the scheduled walks:
Jan. 9: Trail of Two Forests and Ape Cave. This trip includes a walk inside the cave.
Jan. 30: McClellan Loop. This is a walk through a snow-covered forest.
Feb. 13: A Valentine’s snowshoe to June Lake. This is a 3.2-mile roundtrip to one of the most scenic lakes.
Feb. 27: Koshko Loop. This is a 4.6-mile walk through the forest.
March 13: Marble Mountain to Chocolate Falls. The highlight of this trip are the views as you climb out of the trees.
March 27: Old Man Pass Loop. Part of this walk is on ungroomed terrain.
The walks are $15 per person and space is limited. They are intended for people 14 years and older. For details and online registration, visit www.mshinstitute.org.
The institute does not provide equipment but snowshoes can be rented at a number of businesses. Questions also can be sent by e-mail to info@mshinstitute or by calling 360-449-7883.
While on the institute’s website, you also can check out the 2011 program schedule that includes field seminars and guided climbs and adventures. Registration has opened for a number of the programs.