Participants from last year’s snowshoeing adventure. Courtesy of Carrie Sabochik/city of Bellevue

Participants from last year’s snowshoeing adventure. Courtesy of Carrie Sabochik/city of Bellevue

Bellevue tackles ‘nature deficit disorder’ with snowshoeing adventures

Hikes continue through February and cost $15 per person.

As a way to connect people with the outdoors, the city of Bellevue is offering snowshoeing adventures as part of its weekly Tuesday Trails program this winter.

“Snowshoeing is one of those great activities where beginners can pick it up quickly,” said Carrie Sabochik, outdoor recreation coordinator with the city of Bellevue Parks and Community Services. “It’s like walking around with really big feet.”

Residents meet every Tuesday starting Jan. 9 through Feb. 13 at the North Bellevue Community Center to pile into a van before heading out on Interstate 90 to the Snoqualmie Pass. The program is for residents 50 years and older. There will be family programs offered in February.

“They do tend to fill pretty quickly,” Sabochik said.

The city provides snowshoes. Residents are asked to bring warm outdoor clothing, a snack, lunch and water, plus any eye and skin protection that might be necessary. It costs $15 per person. The group meets at 10 a.m. at the community center and returns at 3 p.m. There is a limit of 12 people per group.

“A lot of women have said they really like going in a group setting because they don’t feel comfortable going alone,” Sabochik said. “We get people that are just retired still in their 50s, all the way up to their 80s.”

The city sticks to fairly flat trails. Usually there will be a couple feet of snow on the trials.

“It’s not often that we’ll be breaking fresh snow,” Sabochik said. “It’s a nice way to be outside and enjoy nature in wintertime.”

She said the hike is usually about 2 miles.

One of the benefits to going snowshoeing on a Tuesday afternoon is that the trail is fairly empty.

“It’s pretty nice; you’re not having to share the trail with a lot of other people,” Sabochik said.

To participate, residents must first register with the city by contacting Sabochik at or 425-452-6883.

All trips are weather dependent.

Tuesday Trails program is part of the TRACKS initiative to promote outdoor adventure, youth leadership and environmental stewardship, according to the city webpage.

Sabochik said TRACKS started in 2007 as a way to address nature deficit disorder, a phrase author Richar Louv coined in his 2005 book “Last Child in the Woods.” The phrase describes the modern-day human’s isolation to nature, and argues that this alienation makes humans more susceptible to behavioral issues.

In consideration of how we voice our opinions in the modern world, we’ve closed comments on our websites. We value the opinions of our readers and we encourage you to keep the conversation going.

Please feel free to share your story tips by emailing

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) We reserve the right to edit letters, but if you keep yours to 300 words or less, we won’t ask you to shorten it.

More in News

Chinese police credentials used in scam case. (courtesy of Bellevue Police Department)
Police announce uptick of scammers posing as foreign officials in Bellevue

One case involved the use of Chinese police credentials to intimidate victims.

File photo
Brief history of rats in the Puget Sound region – and the problem they present

Local exterminator noticed big change in rats over the past 40 years.

Sponsor of the motion to establish guidelines for the removal of encampments, Councilmember Reagan Dunn (courtesy of King County Council)
King County Council discusses policy for removal of homeless encampments

Still unclear what the standards will be, who will enforce it, and how jurisdictions will interact.

Design rendering of new development (Courtesy of Runberg Architecture Group)
Vulcan purchases 1.4-acre property in Bellevue next to future light rail station

The real estate developer says the eight-story development will have about 250 units of housing.

Elaine Simons, former foster mother of Jesse Sarey, addresses a crowd outside the Maleng Regional Justice Center on Aug. 24, 2020, moments after Auburn Police Officer Jeff Nelson was formally charged with second-degree murder and first-degree assault in the May 31, 2019, shooting death of 26-year-old Sarey in front of a north Auburn convenience store. File photo
Supreme Court rules officers can be compelled to testify about killings

In a joint lawsuit against King County, the Washington State Supreme Court… Continue reading

Stock photo
Face coverings again recommended for indoor public settings

Regardless of vaccination status, says Public Health – Seattle & King County

Firearm violence in King County on upward trend

King County prosecutors note a backlog in court cases, point to the pandemic as the reason why.

infographic created by Coltura
Study suggests that the top 10 percent of gasoline-using drivers consume one-third of all the gas

Researchers believe converting “gasoline superusers” is an important factor in meeting climate goals

King County Logo
County property purchased in Bellevue for Eastside supportive and affordable housing

The $186 million project is expected to be finished by 2023.

Most Read