CHELAN—The Forest Service announced that all snowmobile trails in the Chelan area will officially open on December 18, 2012, which is good news for snowmobilers and other winter recreation enthusiasts.
Snowmobile grooming operations will begin on December 18 on the north shore trail system that includes the Antilon, Echo Valley, Black Canyon, and Gold Creek Sno-Parks. The remainder of the trails on the south shore of Lake Chelan will likely be groomed later in the week. For current grooming information please visit the Washington State Parks webpage at http://www.parks.wa.gov/winter/trails/?TrailType=motorized&Region=2.
The Echo Valley Sno-Park is now located at the Echo Valley Downhill Ski Area. The new location is directly adjacent to the old sno-park. Please look for snowmobile parking signs when approaching the ski area and park in the designated snowmobile parking area.
The following roads are now closed to four-wheel vehicles and open to snowmobiles.
- Grade Creek Road (FS Road No. 8200) and Upper Joe Creek Road (FS Road No. 8210) are closed beyond Antilon Lake Sno-Park.
- Washington Creek Road (FS Road No. 8021), Cooper Mountain Road (FS Road No. 8020) and Bergman Gulch are closed above Echo Valley Sno-Park.
- Slide Ridge Road (FS Road No. No. 8410) and Shady Pass Road (FS Road No. 5900) are closed above Twenty-five Mile Creek Sno-Park.
- Shady Pass Road (FS No. 5900) and Entiat River Road (County Road No. 51) are closed above the Entiat River Sno-Park on the Entiat Ranger District.
- The upper portion of the Purtteman Gulch Road (FS Road No. 8010) used for the Echo Ridge trail system is also closed to four-wheel vehicles.
Please be prepared for winter conditions, especially since weather conditions change rapidly and dramatically this time of year. Be equipped for snow and icy roads and carry extra supplies for emergencies. Please respect seasonal road closures as they facilitate safe use of national forest roads and trails for all recreationists.
For current winter recreation information, please contact the Chelan Ranger Station at 509-682-4900.