The web Browser you are currently using is unsupported, and some features of this site may not work as intended. Please update to a modern browser such as Chrome, Firefox or Edge to experience all features Michigan.gov has to offer.
No experience necessary for this winter sport! Snowshoeing began as a way to get from one place to another when the snow was too deep. Today, snowshoeing pretty much has the same purpose, but is also viewed as more of a fitness and recreational activity for many outdoor adventurists.
You can snowshoe anywhere on state land that is open to the public. If you are using trails groomed for cross-country skiing, please walk next to the groomed ski tracks.
- If snowshoeing on a groomed trail, be sure to travel on the side - not on the track, as that ruins the trail for skiers.
- Keep dogs on a 6-foot leash on trails, and clean up after them (nobody wants to ski through dog waste hidden by only a dusting of snow). Keep in mind that even good dogs can tramp down a groomed trail, so consider taking dogs to trails that don't have a track set.
- Carry all garbage out with you.
- Know the terrain and trail conditions before heading out.
- Don't block the trail - stay alert for other trail users.
- Downhill skiers always have the right of way.
- Ski poles are optional but tend to give you a better workout.
- Snowshoeing is a relatively simple sport. Walking in snowshoes is very similar to walking in any other shoes, but with a little bit wider stride so that you avoid stepping on the frame of the snowshoes.
- If space allows, do a U-turn instead of backing up. If you do not have that much room, carefully place one foot back and steady it before picking up the other foot so as not to lose balance. Sidestepping is the easiest way to climb a hill
- You do not have to be in top shape to snowshoe; however, it helps to be somewhat active since it is an intense workout. So, make sure you bring water!