Nason Ridge


Cross-country Ski - Nason Ridge

Leavenworth/Plain Nordic Ski tour Day 3: Ski along the Lower Nason Ridge trail overlooking the river and golf cours

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  • N2 Nordic Advanced Basic Ski, Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 8.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 300 ft

Meet at the Chiwawa Snow-Park area at 9:00am, where we will begin the ski trip.  Parking at the trail requires a Snow Park Pass with Groomed trails sticker

Trip changed to Lower Nason Ridge due to insufficient grooming conditions at Chiwawa 

From the Sno-Park, we will ski on the The See and Ski trail ( 8km).  This is a groomed loop with both skate lanes and single tracks.  The trail passes through the forest and along the Wenatchee River.

New  last  year, the 3.5k “Squirrel Run” is groomed as well.  This route leaves the Sno-park from the east edge of the parking area, gains less than 100’ of elevation through open pine forest before gradually descending to a road crossing where it connects with the See & Ski trail, making for an excellent loop option.  These trails will typically be groomed 2-3 days / week, Friday through Monday.

Maps of the sno park locations and trails can be found here:    Leavenworth / Chelan | Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission

These trails have some hills that require herringbone and snowplow skills to navigate and are  not suitable for beginning cross country skiers

Snow conditions may necessitate alternate ski routes.

Additional Notes:  Due to the traveling distance, the ski trip is best done as an overnight. 

Travel:  Driving distance from Seattle is 110 miles (a little over 2 hrs) traveling over Stevens Pass (Hwy 2), or 148 miles (about 2.5 hrs) traveling over Snoqualmie Pass (I-90) and Blewett Pass (Hwy 97).  It will be necessary to either have 4 wheel drive with good traction tires and/or carry chains during the winter time.  Carpooling is also an option and more information will be shared as we get closer to the trip time.

Lodging:   There are many  lodging options available, both in Plain ( ) and in nearby Leavenworth

This activity will follow the Mountaineers  guidelines for COVID-19 that apply on the date of this trip.

All participants will be required to have a face covering ready to pull up at the trailhead, and will be asked to be familiar with and follow the Mountaineers Covid-19 guidelines for trip.

For the group's safety, every participant is asked to commit to conservative covid behavior  prior to the trip


Nason Ridge

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