036By: Bill Miller
In the last two weekends, Snowmobilers have accessed the Lower Nason Ridge groomed XC trail by going around the Butcher Creek gate. Last weekend, there were 8 Snowmobilers at the top of the west summit at mid-day. Their tracks made it very difficult and dangerous for the XC skiers doing the Upper Nason Ridge loop to use that trail for their descent. If you snowmobile, please respect the signs and stay off the Sepcially groomed Cross Country Ski trails. If you are a skier and see Snowmobilers using the trail, please remind them they are not to use the groomed trails. The Park rangers have asked that you report any snowmobilers on the trails including their license numbers and photos of the individuals. Skiers with dogs on the groomed trails are also prohibited and will be ticketed.

For immediate action, the Rangers ask that you call their direct line (509) 630-0038.

The land owner, Longview Timber, prohibits all motorized vehicles in this area without a permit and considers it trespassing.  Additional signs have just been installed to re-enforce this issue.

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  • Elaine January 30, 2013, 9:16 pm

    Come on people!! Respect the signs and the restrictions. If you want to come enjoy the beauty here, don’t be jerks!!! If you don’t want to be good people, stay home!!!

  • Cyn January 31, 2013, 8:37 am

    I am sure it is just one group. Perhaps we could ask our snowmobiling friends to help us on this by letting anyone they see, say at the gas stations or the rest area, know about how dangerous and disappointing it is for those of us who buy our grooming passes in order to have a nice place to ski. Strike up a conversation and tell them about all the great trails that are specifically for snowmobiles. This may also let people know that others are now on the lookout for people who are ignoring the posted signs.

  • John Colvard February 10, 2013, 7:52 am

    To make it more irritating, there are some many wonderful miles of groomed snowmobile trails available for their use. What we have for XC is a small percentage of grooming performed in the area. I am of a different opinion about dogs on the trail but respect the rules about dogs on our trails. Unlike most other major XC ski areas we have no designated trails for dogs. For example both the Snoqualmie to Easton & Methow areas have several groomed trails open for dogs. When I am at the Lake Wenatchee area I have to take my dog out to backcountry areas or to the snowmobile trails. It would be nice if we could get an area designated for dogs and skijoring.

  • avajane February 10, 2013, 12:50 pm

    I just put the Ranger number in my cell phone and will call in anytime I see snow machines on the track. everyone should do the same. One of them has to get caught before it will change. I’m going up now to look.