Lake Wenatchee State Park

Grooming Report

 

Sunday, 12/18   7:30 a.m.              7 degrees               0” new              Variable snow to 9” in the open

Get current snow/weather conditions at the park here:   Weather Station

Local forecast:  National Weather Service Point Forecast

 Grooming Report:  Just enough snow for machine grooming.  Good conditions overall.  Thin spots under under tree canopy.  All trails have corduroy, tracks set in most, but not all areas.  Snow shoe routes are flagged.  Ski and snowshoe trails are minimally signed due to low snow.  Sled hill groomed and open!

 South Park & Kahler Glen:   Underway, to be completed by 10 a.m.

North Park:  Underway, to be completed at 7 a.m.  No tracks set along lakeshore or upper loop.

Chiwawa:   Too thin for snowcats, we will groom the route with the new snowmobile groomer – single track. Underway now, should be complete before 10 a.m.   Dogs are allowed on this trail after noon every day.   Whoof!

Nason Ridge:  No grooming.   The landowner will be logging along the lower trail for the next 2 -3 weeks.  We will begin work there as soon as possible.

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 ungroomed Nason Ridge hiking trail. The great majority of this trails system lies on private land owned by Weyerhaeuser.  Many thanks to Weyerhauser 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, double-tracked with mini-skate lane (5.5 ft), 4 – 5 times weekly Thursday through Tuesday as conditions and equipment allow.

Chiwawa See and Ski:  This Sno-park offers the \’See and Ski\’ Trail, an 8 k groomed loop with a full skate lane (8 ft) and single track for the entire route. Trail passes through the forest and along the Wenatchee River.  This trail will typically be groomed Friday through Monday.  New this year (trial basis) dogs are allowed after 3 p.m.!

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.  Currently groomed.