Lake Wenatchee Open for Skiing
I just received an email from my good friends at Lake Wenatchee State Park. They are now open for nordic skiing, snowshoeing and sledding. As was mentioned earlier, the Nason Ridge trails are closed this year. I won’t post these updates weekly, but you can get these emailed directly to you from the park if you want.
(Please note that while the date below says December 10, I received it on the morning of December 8)
Lake Wenatchee State Park
Cross Country Ski Trail Information
Date: December 10 Time: 9 a.m. Temp / Precip: 23 degrees, clear
General Trail Conditions: One recent heavy snowfall has provided sufficient snow for grooming, though not enough for thorough “grading” of trails. Skiers may notice some side-slope and a few more irregularities than typical. Grooming out nicely in general. Note closure of Nason Ridge trails this season — see below.
Approximately 15 k groomed trails, double-tracked. Within the state park, the total includes a series of 1-3 km loops and longer runs through forest, along the lakeshore, and above the Wenatchee River for a total of 8 k. These trails will be groomed Friday through Sunday for the next couple of weeks, more often later this month. The state park trails interconnect with approximately 7 k of trails maintained by Kahler Glen Golf Course.
The groomed trails in the North Park area provides 5.3 k of scenic trails which loop through the campgrounds, follow the river and lake shores, and run through quiet stretches of forest. This entire trail system will have one tracked lane and a full skate lane. This area offers a less-traveled alternative to the sometimes busy trails in the South Park area. These trails will be groomed Friday through Sunday for the next couple of weeks, more often later this month.
Chiwawa See and Ski:
This area has not yet been prepped for grooming. We hope to have this area ready for next weekend.
Nason Ridge Backcountry: Closed for the season due to logging on Longview Timber Company land. This trail system lies almost entirely on private land owned by Longview, any grooming at all is possible due to their willingness to allow public access.
Snowshoe Trail Information:
A 1.8-mile loop is possible, though the route is not yet clearly marked or “packed in”. The route follows Wenatchee River and Nason creek then returns to the beach through a Ponderosa Pine / Douglas Fir forest.
A 2-mile loop is possible along river, lakeshore and through forest. None of this trail system is currently marked, but good potential for those who are comfortable “finding their own way”.
Sled hill: In great shape!
Please remember, Sno Park Permits are required at all areas.