With a large winter storm headed in over the weekend it seemed the perfect day to get out and try snowshoeing for the first time. Wanting a nice easy intro to the sport, Courtney and I settled on Salmon Ridge, a fairly level well marked trail near Mount Baker. This way we could avoid route finding and avalanche danger on our first time out.
The trail begins from a large parking lot just past Hannegan pass road on the left side of highway 542. It meanders gently through the woods until it approaches the North fork Nooksack river. After following the river for a while the trail dives back into the woods for several miles until it once again approaches the river. It is easy to follow, just look for the blue flags and blue signs with arrows.
This was an easy trail and was perfect for a first time out. My only complaint would be that for some reason at certain points in the trail there is a disturbing lack of snow for it being the middle of February. However, with the storms coming through this weekend that problem should be remedied fairly soon. All in all it was a great way to introduce ourselves to the sport of snowshoeing, and by the end of the day we agreed that we want more. Hopefully we can get out again for spring break and try out some other trails in the area.