Winter Activities

 

Tucked into the heart of the Central Cascade Mountains, Lake Wentachee State Park offers a variety of winter recreation opportunities.  Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, snow camping, or building a snowman on the beach – – all can be found at Lake Wenatchee State Park.  

The park manages four Sno-Parks, the South Park, North Park, Nason Ridge, and Chiwawa.   All four Sno-Parks combined have over 50k of groomed ski trails, and over 12 miles of snowshoes trails, with a variety of serene landscapes ranging from gentle to challenging.  Each Sno-Park includes Cross Country Ski trails and snowshoes trails.  In addition to cross country skiing and snowshoeing the South Park Sno-Park includes a sled hill and camping area.  The Chiwawa Sno-Park allows Dogs on the ski trails after 10am.  Come and experience the beautiful views of the lake, river, and snow covered mountains.   

 Permit Information:

A Season Sno-Park pass with Groomed Trails sticker will get you into all parking areas ($80).  The Daily Sno-Park pass ($20) is good in all areas for the day.  NEW THIS YEAR: NO DISCOVER PASS IS REQUIRED.  Self-pay stations are available in the North and South State Park areas.  Permits are available online: Buy a SnoPark Permit   Local vendors include Der Sportsman, Midway Grocery, and Plain Hardware.

X-C Trail Descriptions and Grooming Schedule:             

South ParkApproximately 12 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.  Open loops groomed in and around Kahler Glen Golf Course.  These trails will typically be groomed Thursday through Monday.

 

Nason Ridge Backcountry:  This 20-kilometer groomed trail system begins at the Nason Ridge Sno-Park at Kahler Glen, within the South Park trail system.  The first 7 k (“Lower Nason”) has rolling hills.  At 7 k a challenging 13 k loop option begins (“Upper Nason”).  The trail climbs 1,500′ to access miles of rolling, open, ridge-top terrain.  The panoramic views of Lake Wenatchee and the surrounding Cascade mountains are spectacular.  All trails are groomed with one track lane and a wide skating lane.  Lower Nason Thursdays and the entire trail system including Upper Nason Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.  Challenging loop trip options are possible by way of the un-groomed Nason Ridge hiking trail. The great majority of this trails system lies on private land owned by WESTERN RIVERS   http://www.westernrivers.org/    Thanks to this organization for allowing access!

North Park:  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 area offers a less-traveled alternative to the sometimes busy trails in the South Park area. These trails will typically be groomed 3 – 4 times weekly Thursday through Monday as conditions and equipment allow.  Full skate lanes in the camp loops, the rest double-tracked with mini-skate lane (5.5 ft).

Chiwawa See and Ski and Squirrel Run:  This Sno-park offers the “See and Ski” Trail, a 8 k groomed trail and the “Squirrel Run” a 6 k groomed trail.  The See and Ski and Squirrel Run connect 3 k from the parking lot by crossing the Chiwawa loop road, creating a loop.  These trails are groomed with a full skate lane (8 ft) and single track for the entire route.  The trails pass through the forest, and See and Ski has great views of the Wenatchee River.  These trails will typically be groomed 2-3 days / week, Friday through Monday.  Dogs are allowed after 10 am!

 Snowshoe Trail Information: 

South Park:  Here we offer a 1.8-mile loop trip and a route to Nason Ridge for the more adventurous.  The loop follows Wenatchee River and Nason creek then returns to the beach through a Ponderosa Pine / Douglas fir forest.   The Nason Ridge trail runs 2.7 miles from beach to ridge top.  Great views begin about one mile from the beach.

North Park:  A 2 mile loop is maintained along river, lakeshore and through forest.  Thanks to our volunteers!

Chiwawa: A 1.5 or 3.8 mile semi-loop snowshoe trail – 600’ elevation gain, great views. Volunteer built!

Sled Hill:   

A moderate slope, about 150’ long. Good for families.  Located in the South Park.

Winter Camping:

Camping is available in a designated area of the south park day-use area on a first-come, first-served basis. This area has picnic tables, fire pits and two covered shelters. Heated restrooms and hot showers are located nearby. Hookups are not available during the winter months.