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Nason Ridge - Nordic Ski Trail

ATTRACTIONS. A 25-kilometer groomed trail system leaving from the Kahler Glen Sno-Park near Lake Wenatchee State Park. A lower 7 km (one way) route is fairly flat and suited for all skiers (excellent skate skiing). Approximately 6 km out along this route, a challenging 13-km-loop option begins. The trail climbs 1,500 feet to access miles of rolling, open, ridgetop terrain. The panoramic views of Lake Wenatchee, Glacier Peak, and the North and South Cascades from the top of Nason Ridge are spectacular. All trails groomed with a skating lane. 

 

NOTE: An option for the climb mentioned above is to climb 1200 vertical feet up the ungroomed Nason Ridge hiking trail, then ski the groomed ridgetop loop trail counter-clockwise down and out to Kahler Glen (total trip distance of this trip is approximately 19 km, total elevation gain 1,600'). Climbing skins recommended to ski up the hiking trail.

 

GROOMING. In winter, Nason Ridge is usually groomed twice a week. For the grooming schedule (go to the bottom of this page). You can also call the park for trail conditions.

 

ACCESS. Drive Highway 2 about 14.5 miles west of Leavenworth to Coles Corner (Milepost 84.3). Turn right on State Route 207 and drive  3.6 miles to Cedar Brae Road (same road that accesses the south entrance of Lake Wenatchee State). Turn left and in 0.3 miles  turn left again rather than going straight into the park. Drive about 0.25 miles and turn left on Kahler Drive and drive roughly half a mile following the skier signs to the Sno-Park at the Kahler Glen Golf Course.

 

TRAIL HOURS. Trail use allowed from 8 a.m. to dusk.

 

PERMITS. You'll need a Sno-Park Permit. If you have a season’s Sno-Park Permit, you’ll also need a Special Groomed Trail Permit for your car. Day passes can be purchased at the park. Season-long passes can be purchased at many regional sports stores, regional Forest Service offices, regional State Park offices. More info about the Sno-Park permits can be found at the state parks website (www.parks.wa.gov) at this link.

                         

NOT ALLOWED. Pets, snowshoers, sledders, snowmobiles, etc are not allowed on the ski trails. There are designates snowshoe trails at the State Park.

 

ISSUES. Some years there is access to this trail from the Butler Creek Road which shortens the drive to this system for West Side visitors. This connection is not always operating so call Lake Wenatchee State Park (509-763-3101) to check.

 

EQUIPMENT NOTE. Here’s a  tip that can help many intermediate skaters who are not fit enough to skate the 1,500-vertical-foot climb up to the ridge: Carry 1-inch-wide skins and, after skating the first 6 kilometers of trail that contours above Nason Creek, skin uphill for 4.5 kilometers to knock off the climbing leg of this loop. Do the loop in a counter-clockwise direction for this approach because most of the elevation is gained fast along this leg. After climbing about 4.5 to 5 kilometers (before actually reaching Nason Ridge), the trail flattens out. Strip the skins and then you've got a few miles of undulating terrain to enjoy before the long, downhill drop leading back to the intersection where you started the climb. Read this article for more about skinny skins and how to make your own pair.

 

MAPNason Ridge schematic map.

 

INFORMATION. Call Lake Wenatchee State Park: 509-763-3101

 

More Nordic Skiing: Maps and details of over 35 regional trips in our on-line guidebook.

 

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