Snowshoeing is becoming a more popular winter sport especially as prices for a day pass for skiing and snowboarding keep rising. Snowshoeing is pretty inexpensive and not very complicated, and it’s a great way to take advantage of the winter months while getting exercise in the outdoors. Always be aware of avalanche danger anywhere you go snowshoeing. Here are some favorite snowshoeing areas for beginners.
Solitude Nordic Center
The Solitude Nordic Center has 10 kilometers of well-marked snowshoeing trails that go between the Nordic Center and the Village at Solitude. If you feel more comfortable being around more people and marked terrain, this is the place to go. The cost is $5 for all-day snowshoeing.
Donut Falls Mill D – South Fork
Donut Falls is a beautiful adventure for snowshoeing. The trail is 1 ¾ miles one way and is one of the more popular snowshoeing/hiking trails in the Wasatch Mountains. There are no real obstacles on the trail, and the views are spectacular. The waterfall is enchanting with long icicles hanging while ice cold water falls through the large rock opening at the top which is a great backdrop for photos.
Dog Lake Mill D – North Fork
Dog Lake is about 2 ½ miles one way starting on the Big Cottonwood Canyon side. Snowshoe through fir and naked aspen, and you may spot a moose or two as sightings are not unusual. Just remember not to approach the moose. Set aside at least half a day for Dog Lake.
Church Fork Trailhead – Millcreek Canyon
The Church Fork Trailhead begins from a picnic area just 2.4 miles from the Millcreek Canyon fee booth. Past the picnic grounds and waterfalls, take the trail to Grandeur Peak for an easy stroll with river crossings and more waterfalls. With Millcreek Canyon being lower in elevation, there may be a chance that there’s not enough snow for snowshoeing, so bring some quality winter hiking boots along just in case.
Little Cottonwood Canyon Trail
The Little Cottonwood Canyon Trail is ideal for kids. The primary trailhead begins just behind the electronic sign at the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon. There are also two other access points farther up the canyon, so you can make this trail as long or as short as you’d like. The ice formations along this trail are fantastic, and at 1.7 miles you hit the turn-off for the Great White Icicle. If you want to watch some ice climbers in action, this is the place to go.