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Originally published Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 7:02 PM

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Fit & Fun: Snowshoe walks in forest winter wonderland

The U.S. Forest Service leads 90-minute, one-mile interpretive walks each Saturday and Sunday in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest — and will lend you the snowshoes.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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Try on a pair of snowshoes for size, burn some calories and appreciate winter ecology in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.

The U.S. Forest Service leads 90-minute, one-mile interpretive walks each Saturday and Sunday — and will lend you the snowshoes.

Ranger Kim Larned, who has led forest walks for about 20 years, says participants will learn about winter ecology and, she adds, "people just love the snow."

Participants should wear layered and insulated clothing, hats and gloves with sturdy, waterproof shoes or boots, hats and gloves.

The walks begin at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Arrive 15 minutes early at the visitors center, off Exit 52 of Interstate 90 on Snoqualmie Pass. Call 425-434-6111 to reserve a spot.

A donation of $10 per person is requested.

The Forest Service offers several different winter walks. To learn more, see: snowshoeingsnoqualmiepass.wordpress.com/

Fit & Fun is a weekly notice about active recreational opportunities in the Greater Seattle area. To suggest a future item, contact Richard Seven: rseven@seattletimes.com.

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