I really enjoyed writing the post I did about celebrating Christmas in Seattle. I realized that I love being able to share my passion for all things Seattle with everyone, so I thought I would start sharing more about the various field trips, shows, and more that Sola and I go to as part of her homeschooling. One thing that I am always worrying about with homeschooling is making sure my kids get enough exercise. Sola has made it even more difficult by refusing to take any exercise classes or participate in any sports. It’s fine May-September when she is so active outside, but she hasn’t been playing outside much ever since the weather got colder. So I thought we’d try some snow sports to get her outside more. She is afraid to try skiing, snowboarding, or snowtubing, however, because the hills are too big.
So, today, we spent the day at Hyak Sno-Park. Hyak offers a great opportunity for people to enjoy the snow without having to shell out money for the ski slopes. Hyak has a sledding hill that is perfect for kids, a large lot of land that is great for building snowmen, making snow angels, throwing snowballs, and more, and trails for cross country skiing.
Before heading to Hyak, be sure to call their number, 509-656-2230, which will update you about the conditions there. Also, check the conditions on I-90 to find out if it is open and what the requirements are. Always bring chains with you, just in case!
The one thing you do need to pay for to go to Hyak is parking permits. If you spend any amount of time at State Parks, you probably already have a Discover Pass. If you are just visiting the area, you can purchase a one day pass for $10. In order to park at Hyak, you also need a Sno-Park permit. You can either buy the Daily Sno-Park Permit for $20 or the Annual Non Motorized Permit/Special Groomed Sticker Combo for $80 for the season. So, if you don’t already have any of the required parking permits, the most you will pay for your whole family to enjoy a day of fun at Hyak is $30.Hyak is a state park and as such, there are not a lot of facilities. They do have a bathroom. Playing in the snow, however, burns a lot of calories, so I recommend packing food. If you aren’t able to or you find you need more food than you packed, there are several places you can get food between exits 52 and 53 (from I-90). There is also a WSDOT rest stop there with nice bathrooms.The one problem I have with Hyak is that it is hard to find the place! The directions on their site are a bit vague and none of our GPS units have Hyak in them. So I thought I would give some directions to help prevent others from wasting time looking for it, like I did.
If you are coming from Seattle, you get off of I-90 at exit 54. Turn right and drive a very short distance to the four-way intersection. At the intersection, you will see the sign pictured above. I did not find this obvious, but you want to turn left at this sign, towards Iron Horse State Park.
You will see this sign directing you to Iron Horse State Park, just keep following it straight ahead.
When you see this sign pointing to the Iron Horse State Park, Snoqualmie Tunnel, and Keechelus Trailhead, follow it and turn right.When you see this, you have arrived! Note that dogs are not allowed. As a personal request, really, please leave your dogs at home. People bring there kids to play here and playing in yellow snow is just disgusting. (Why yes, some rude lady still brought her dog and yes, it did pee all over the snow when she took it for a walk.)
What does your family do for PE during the winter? We sure could use some more ideas for Sola.