The Lake Wenatchee area offers a range of cross country ski areas for beginners to advanced skiers. Trail descriptions are below, current conditions:

Monday 1/14     7:30 a.m.    26 degrees     Slight dusting- new snow past 24 hrs.     17” Snow depth

This small window of colder weather is keeping the trails in a good condition, packing down, and grooming out nicely. Lower Nason, Kahler Glen, and the South Park are the best areas at this time, with the most snow coverage!  That being said, some areas are showing bare spots and a bit icy. These areas include in the north by the lake and river shoreline as well as the Chiwawa See and Ski, again near the river shoreline. The rest of the trails are looking good and ready for skiing, have fun J

 

Forecast calls is cloudy with a high of 31. A chance of flurries before 10am.

 

South Park & Kahler Glen Kahler Glen completed by 8:00 a.m.; South Park completed by 6:30 a.m.

 

North Park: Completed at 10:30 a.m. Thin near shorelines, tracks laid everywhere except near shoreline. But overall good for some brisk exercise!
Nason Ridge: Upper and Lower Nason Ridge last groomed on 1/13.
Chiwawa:  See & Ski trail groomed on 1/13. Some bare spots near the shorelines, but still skiable.  The east end loop of Squirrel Run is Groomed no tracks.  The rest of Squirrel Run is ungroomed.   Dogs are allowed on these trails after 10:00am every day!

 

 Permits:   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. Self-pay stations are available at each parking area within the park for daily Sno-Park and daily Discover Passes.  Permits may be purchased online at www.parks.wa.gov/winter  or locally at the Midway Grocery or Plain Hardware.

Lake Wenatchee State Park South and Kahler Glen (12k):
Approximately 12k 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 lake shore, and above the Wenatchee River.  Open loops groomed in and around Kahler Glen Golf Course.  These trails will typically be groomed Thursday through Monday once normal machine grooming operations begin.  Multiple trails loop thru the campground, and across Cedar Brae Rd to connect to Kahler Glen Golf Course. From Kahler Glen you can continue to the Nason Ridge Trail system. A daily or seasonal Sno-Park permit required, funds from these passes directly support the grooming program.  Day permit (need a Discover pass) are available in the South Park parking lot, annual permit (no Discover pass needed) are available at the Midway Market and Plain Hardware.

Lake Wenatchee State Park North (5.3k):
Multiple trails loop thru the campgrounds, along the Wenatchee River and out to an excellent view point. Ski along the lake to “Cardiac Hill”, the one steep ascent or for the brave, decent, in the South Park. A daily or seasonal Sno-Park permit required, funds from these sales directly support the grooming program.

Nason Ridge Ski trails (20k):
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 groomed Thursday – monday and Upper Nason Saturdays, Sundays and holidays once normal machine grooming operations begin.  Challenging loop trip options are possible by way of the un-groomed Nason Ridge hiking trail.  A cooperative effort by Chelan Douglas Land Trust and Western Rivers Conservancy has resulted in the purchase of these lands in an effort to protect recreational and natural resource values in perpetuity.

 

Chiwawa See and ski trail  (8k):
Accessed from the Sno Park 3/4 of a mile past the Midway Market on Chiwawa Loop Road, the See and Ski trail is a 5 mile (8k) lolly pop loop. The trail follows above the Wenatchee River for approximately a mile where it joins a loop. The loop travels thru thinned forest, then back along the Wenatchee river. See and Ski is open to canine companions after 10am.  A full skate lane is provided on this trail.   A daily or seasonal Sno-Park permit is required, funds from these sales directly support the grooming program.