Leavenworth / Chelan

Lake WenatcheeChiwawaNason RidgeNon-motorized Sno-Parks in the Leavenworth / Chelan area

  1. Lake Wenatchee
  2. Nason Ridge
  3. Chiwawa

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Lake Wenatchee State Park (PDF)

Lake Wenatchee State Park
Phone: 509-763-3101

Emergency Contact Info:
Chelan County Sheriff's Office
Phone: 509-663-9911

Non-Motorized Sno-ParkNon-Motorized Groomed Fee AreaSnow Play AreaSnowshoe AreaNon-Motorized Sno-Park



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Directions: North of Leavenworth. Highway 2 west to State Route 207. South lot: Left on Cedar Brae Road to park entrance. North lot: 1 mile beyond south lot on SR 207
Elevation: 1,875 feet
8 am to dusk
100 spaces.

Trails: 1.) Lake Wenatchee South 2.) Lake Wenatchee North
Tracks 5 kilometers north side & 30 kilometers south side; skating lane in north area and Nason Ridge trails in south area; snowshoe trail 8 kilometers

The South Park offers a tubing hill, designated snow play area and day-use area open for camping (additional fees may apply--see Lake Wenatchee State Park web page. There is no tubing or snow play area in the North.

Nearby amenities: first aid, food, heated restrooms, overnight accommodations and ski and snowshoe rentals

Permits Required in the North Area. 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. Sno Park permits are available online: Buy a SnoPark Permit Local vendors include Plain Hardware and Midway Grocery, and Derr Sportsman in Leavenworth.

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'.

Permits: Sno-Park Permit, Special Groomed Trails Permit sticker (required with Seasonal Permit--see permit information); for a One Day Sno Park Permit a Discover Pass will also need to be displayed.

Sno-Park Permit required Nov. thru Apr. or as posted.

Please obey posted signs indicating whether a permit is needed. Contact the local agency listed for each Sno-Park for more information.

Please note: After periods of extreme weather, work crews may be on trails during the day to clear debris or drifts. Please exercise caution.

2018-2019 SEASON
GROOMING UPDATES:

Saturday, 1/12     7:30 a.m.    32 degrees     0” new snow past 24 hrs.    18” Snow depth 

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

Local forecast:  National Weather Service Point Forecast

Grooming Report:  

Despite the warm weather the snow is holding, packing down, and grooming out nicely. That being said, some spots are showing bare spots, these spots 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. 

Forecast calls for fog with a high near 36. 

South Park & Kahler Glen:  Kahler Glen completed by 8:30 a.m.; South Park completed by 9 a.m. 

Nason Ridge: Upper and Lower Nason Ridge completed 7 a.m.    Best trail conditions in the area!

North Park: Completed at 5:30 a.m. Thin near shorelines. But overall a good option for skiing.

Chiwawa:  See & Ski trail completed 8 a.m. 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 Required:   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 the North and South Park parking areas for purchase of daily Sno-Park and daily Discover Passes. No self-pay stations are available at Chiwawa or Kahler Glen Sno-Park parking lots, please plan accordingly if travelling to those parks!    

SnoPark permits are available online:  Buy Permits  Also available locally at the Midway Grocery and Plain Hardware.

 X-C Trail Descriptions and Typical Grooming Schedule:

South Park:  Approximately 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 once normal machine grooming operations begin.

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 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.org has resulted in the purchase of these lands in an effort to protect recreational and natural resource values in perpetuity:  http://www.westernrivers.org/projectatlas/nason-ridge/  https://www.cdlandtrust.org/what-we-do/land-conservation/lake-wenatchee-area/nason-ridge  

 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 once normal machine grooming operations begin 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 once normal machine grooming operations begin.  Dogs are allowed after 10 a.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:  OPEN!  A moderate slope, about 150’.   Groomed Thurs – Mondays


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Groomer: Lake Wenatchee State Park-WA State Parks & Recreation

Remember:  Grooming reports are updated when trail grooming information is provided. Reports are posted Monday thru Saturday. No updates on Sundays or holidays.

Schedule is subject to change.