I finally deciphered where the nordic trails are on Snoqualmie so we headed up that way. I had heard that dogs are not allowed on the plowed trails but if you stay off them, then your fine. We were able to confirm this with one of the employees at the mountain. So off we went on our New Year's adventure!
We lucked out on the weather! It was gorgeous!! Clear skies, light snow, fresh powder! There was a chilly wind that swept the powder around in an almost sandy beach-like way.
We kept the trail in sight most of the time but mainly navigated through the trees. At one point, we noticed a snowshoe trail marker, telling us we were actually on a (mostly--one small marker) unidentified route. Once we left the dense forest, we noticed some impressive rock formations!
After stopping for lunch at a lookout, we back tracked in order to hike down towards the lake we could see.
The ice was really quite beautiful on the water. It was fascinating seeing where it was frozen and where it wasn't.