Cross-country Ski - Box Canyon

Box Canyon

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8:45 AM at Preston P&R
We will explore the trail to the Box Canyon Campground from the Lake Kachess Snopark, exit 62 off I-90. The trip is approximately 12 miles round trip with some 400 ft. elevation gain along forest roads groomed for snowmobiles. However there are normally few snowmobiles to contend with midweek. Conditions can vary depending snow, temperature and how recently the trails have been groomed. Most of the route is fairly flat but there are some sections that involve hills and therefore the ability to use a wedge/snowplow position for descents is needed. Nordic Classic no-wax skis are recommended. Please consult the leader if you wish to use other types of ski. Please note: the trail is not specifically groomed for skiers. We will car pool from the Preston P&R; meeting at 8:45 am and all vehicles taken to the trailhead will require WA Snopark Passes. Passes need to be purchased in advance: contact the leader for more information. Taking everyone who signs up will be dependent on enough drivers with suitable vehicles for winter snow conditions volunteering. Directions to Preston P&R; The Preston P&R; is off I-90, exit 22. If you're headed east on I-90, take exit 22. At the top of the off ramp turn left and cross over the freeway. Shortly past the freeway there's a stop sign. Turn left (patience required here), and then turn left again (in just a few yards) into the Park and Ride. Approaching from westbound I-90 at exit 22 also works.
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