Well, as you might have heard, it has been an “interesting” couple of weeks here at Lake Wenatchee. It all started on December 17 with a huge dump of snow (which normally would have been a good thing) which froze to the trees. Since then, numerous trees have fallen onto roads, power lines, ski trails, water systems, and buildings. In short, we have a real mess on our hands! Even though the park is closed for the time being due to storm damage and safety concerns, local staff (with help from the PUD, a state parks arbor crew, personnel from other parks, and a private tree removal contractor) have been working long hours ever day (except for Christmas day) to try to get the park back on it\’s feet. We have been removing fallen and dangerous standing trees, repairing damaged facilities, clearing ski trails, and trying to keep residence water systems from freezing. We hope to bring in another state parks arbor crew and WCC crews soon to assist with cleanup operations and trail clearing.
As of today, power has been restored to much of the park, but we still have many broken and down utility poles and power lines on the ground. Many hazardous, uprooted, and leaning trees still need to be fallen throughout the park and trail system before we can reopen- there is still dozens of trees across the park roads and hundreds of trees across the ski trails that all have to be removed. There is also no running water, which means that we are unable to open the restroom. All area SnoParks and trails (motorized and non-motorized) are closed to public access at this time.
So… when will we be able to reopen? We are hoping to have the north area trails open by the weekend of January 5. The south, Chiwawa, and Nason trails will take more time- it is hard for us to predict when that work will be completed. Please do not attempt to enter closed areas and trails. There a still many hazardous trees caught up and/or leaning that may fail at any time.
Even though we do have power again, we do not have internet access yet (I am sending this email from Wenatchee). Until internet access is restored, please call the park at 509-763-3101 for updates. We will also keep our answering machine updated with current information.
Thanks for your patience- we hope to be up and running (skiing) again as soon as possible.
Bruce Beyerl- Assistant Park Manager