Lake Wenatchee State Park, By Bernice Schick

Lake Wenatchee State Park
21588 Hwy 207 Leavenworth, WA 98826

Current snow/weather at the park here: Weather Station
Local forecast: National Weather Service Point Forecast

Grooming Report: Trails are grooming out very nicely. A few thin spots under dense forest and along shorelines, but easily skied around.   All trails in the North and South Park completed at 7 a.m.   Groomers are heading to Chiwawa See & Ski right now; expect to complete that trail system around 10 a.m. We hope to begin grooming Kahler Glen trails by next weekend.   Weyerhaeuser-owned Nason Ridge trails will not open to the public for skiing until January 1 due to their new public access policy. We hope to have this fixed for next season.

Permits: Will be required effective Friday, 12/18). A Season Sno-Park pass with Groomed Trails sticker will get you into all parking areas ($80). The Daily Sno-Park pass $20) also requires an Annual or Daily Discover Pass in the park. Also, we are providing self-pay stations at each parking area within the park for daily Sno-Park and daily Discover Passes.   Sno Park permits are available online: Buy a SnoPark Permit   Local vendors include Derr Sportsman, Kahler Glen Golf and Ski Resort, 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 Weyerhaeuser.  Many thanks to Weyerhaeuser 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:  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 2-3 days / week, Friday through Monday. Dogs are allowed after 12 noon! We’ve added a new bypass route that allows us to avoid low snow issues along the river bank.

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.