The Mount Tahoma Trails Association operates and manages the largest no fee Hut-to-Hut Trail System in North America for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Approximately 50 miles of trails, 20 miles of which are groomed, provide safe and easy access to 3 ski huts and a yurt. Trails vary from novice to expert, are well-signed and are patrolled by an all-volunteer ski patrol. Enjoy the trek for a day or overnight destination in the Ashford area. The trail system is accessed by two Washington State Sno-Parks and although plowed regularly, snow tires and chains may be needed to access the trailheads.
Both North and Southside districts are open each winter for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.
Combining beginner-friendly hut access with miles of groomed and backcountry trails, explore the expanded North District. Copper Creek Hut is an excellent 4-mile day or overnight destination trip and a popular route for families with young children. From the Copper Creek Hut, nearby trails serve all levels of trekkers; from the short “ridge view” loop to longer trips to Glacier Vista and the Puyallup Lookout Tower. For world-class views of Mt. Rainier, take the Rainier Vista Trail above Copper Hut. To access the North District, turn right off Highway 706, one mile west of Ashford onto Forest Service 92 Road.
The south district offers unmatched views of Mount Rainier, High Rock, Griffin Mountain, and all of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, even though you’re seldom above 4500 feet. Two huts and a yurt are positioned within the South District offering rest and quiet seclusion. Sitting on a picturesque, windswept bluff, visit the well-appointed High Hut for the day or for the night. Another option, find quiet seclusion at the Yurt, located six miles from the same Sno-Park. Snow Bowl Hut sleeps ten and offers expansive views from the deck. Keep in mind, overnight reservations are required.
Each hut is well-equipped with solar electric lights, propane fireplaces and full kitchen facilities. Water is provided. Guest should bring a sleeping bag, food, and clothes to stay overnight.
Snow Bowl Hut rests atop a large, open backcountry bowl featuring great cross country skiing outside the front door. The hut sleeps 10 overnight guests. The approach to the hut is intermediate and is located four miles from the South District sno-park.
High Hut is perched on a scenic ridge offering panoramic views of the Cascade Mountains. The hut sleeps 8 overnight guests. The approach to the hut is intermediate and is located 4 miles from the South District snow-park.
The Yurt is nestled in the forest and is the most remote hut on the trail system. The yurt sleeps 6 overnight guests. The approach is intermediate to expert due to the distance. It is located six miles from the South District snow-park.
Copper Creek Hut is the most accessible and most popular hut. The very gradual ascent in is beginner-friendly and families with small children frequently visit the hut. The hut sleeps 14 overnight guests. It is located in the North District off the 92 Road.
In the summer
In summer, the landscape shifts from a skiers paradise to a mountain biker and hiker’s playground. These trails gradually wind through the ridges and valleys of the South Cascades range offering stunning views of its three volcanoes: Mt. Rainier, Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Adams. Trails vary from novice to expert and are well marked. Spend several nights at a hut; enjoy the clean mountain air; take in the extraordinary, above-the-cloud sunsets. There are no parking fees or passes required for summer day visits.
When you go
- Dogs are allowed on select trails but not in the warming huts.
Overnight use is by permit only. Purchase permits Online
- MTTA, PO Box 206, Ashford, WA 98304 or call (360) 569-2451
Parking requires a Sno-Park permit.
- More Info: Mount Tahoma Trails Association
- Phone: 360-569-2451
- Purchase a weatherproof trail map
- Get directions: South District Driving Map
- Get directions: Step by Step directions complete with photos