3. 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 have a daily or seasonal Sno-Park permit for your car plus Special Groomed Trails Permit. There is an electronic pay station where you can buy one-day Sno-Park or Discover Pass permits. Bathrooms are the only onsite amenity. Note: This Sno-Park gets VERY crowded; go early or late to avoid peak times.
Status: As of Jan. 6, 2021, the sledding hill is open. 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: Once open, it's generally operating daily from 8 a.m.–4:15 p.m.
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.