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Best Places to Go Sledding and Tubing for Seattle-Area Kids and Families

From the Summit at Snoqualmie’s screaming-fun tubing hill to Mount Rainier’s snow play area

Published on: December 01, 2022

Best Places to Go Sledding and Tubing for Seattle-Area Kids and Families

Hyak Sno-Park
Hyak Sno-Park

2. Hyak Sno-Park

A groomed sledding hill located off of I-90 exit 54, near Snoqualmie East, Hyak is a Washington State Parks snow play area, and is not affiliated with the Summit at Snoqualmie ski resort. The area is groomed up to five times a week (depending on conditions) but is not supervised by rangers or snow patrol. You can also go snowshoeing or cross-country skiing on the groomed trail. Tip: The parking lot can fill up. Go early or late in the day to avoid crowds.

Fee: There’s no admission fee, but you’ll need to display a Daily Sno-Park Permit, or a Seasonal Sno-Park permit PLUS a Special Groomed Trails Permit (this combo costs $120 and is good through April 2023). There is an electronic pay station where you can buy Daily Sno-Park Permits. Bathrooms are the only onsite amenity. Note: This Sno-Park gets VERY crowded; go early or late to avoid peak times. 

Status: The Hyak Sno-Park (parking lot) is open, with crews plowing the lot this week. The sledding hill has not yet opened for the 2022–23 season, pending grooming. For daily status, call and listen to the recorded message at 509-656-2230. Status changes daily; call that number for a recorded message about current conditions before heading out.

Hours: Hyak, once open, is generally operating daily from 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Bonus snow play: A couple of years ago, Easton Reload opened as a temporary sno-park. This spot joins nearby Lake Easton Sno-Park as places for families to play in the snow, though there aren't real sledding hills.

Warm up: If you’re headed back to Seattle, there are lots of great options in North Bend (about a half hour's drive away), including the popular Scott's Dairy Freeze. But if you need to get somewhere quick, there are a few options available in the nearby Snoqualmie Pass area (about 10 minutes away), such as the Summit Pancake House and Red Mountain Coffee

Next up: Suncadia

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