Year-round mountain sports in Washington’s Cascade region.

By Travel & Leisure
March 17, 2013
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Set in the Cascades, the wintertime ski trails at Snoqualmie Pass are a warm-weather mountain-biker’s dream. Bordered by national forest preserve, the area offers an array of great beginner to advance-level trails. The payoff is indisputable: Several the more challenging lead to views of Mount Rainier.

Salish Lodge & Spa

Contemporary chalet overlooking Snoqualmie Falls in the Cascade Range foothills, with a stellar selection of wilderness offerings, from guided bike rides to kayaking.

Iron Horse Trail

Bring a flashlight on the Iron Horse Trail, which parallels old railroad tracks and includes a tunnel that goes underneath the pass.

The Snoqualmie Brewery and Taproom

This downtown brewery has been crafting small batch beers for nearly 15 years, but it wasn't until 2006 that it opened its doors to thirsty visitors with the Taproom. The no-frills space is comfortable with darts and a pool table. Beers range from Little Si Kolsch, a light ale brewed in a German style, to Copperhead Pale Ale, a typical Washington Cascade hop brew. The brewery also serves typical pub grub, including spinach and artichoke dip, a brewery goddess grinder, and a popular selection of pizza. The establishment also has frequent live music performances and beer tasting events.

Attic Lounge

Locals and hotel guests (two and four-legged) alike frequent this casual hideaway at Salish Lodge and Spa for its warm ambiance and Pacific Northwest influenced menu items. Many of these items are identical to what’s offered on the resort’s more formal dining option’s menu. Specialties include Pacific Coast Dungeness crab and artichoke dip, Washington onion soup, and grilled potlatch salmon. Many Washington State wines are available by the glass, and people commonly convene around the fireplace at happy hour. Happy hour is offered Monday through Thursday from 3-6 p.m., as well as Sunday from 7-10 p.m.

Tiger Mountain Trail

The challenging (and vertical) trail uphill leads to amazing views of Maple Valley and Mount Rainier beyond.