The stunning Lake Wenatchee State Park is divided into north and south sections by glacial Lake Wenatchee. During the summer, the lake is very popular for camping, equestrian use, and swimming. During the winter, however, it is an ideal place for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and winter camping. With paved and groomed trails, there is a lot to explore at Lake Wenatchee. Grab your skis, snowshoes, a warm sleeping bag, and come see what this park just east of the cascades has to offer.
While snowshoeing or skiing throughout the park, be ready to see a variety of wildlife. Besides being in prime bear country (though bear sightings are rare), Lake Wenatchee is home to bobcat, muskrat, skunk, squirrel, coyote, and quail. If the weather is right, the Douglas firs, hemlocks, and ponderosa pines all sit snow-covered and silent until the snow falls from the tree with a plop, when it's easy to think that one of the animals has just snuck up on you.
Winter backcountry adventures can be dangerous outdoor activities that pose significant risks as conditions affecting safety (i.e. weather, snowpack stability, avalanche hazard) are constantly changing. Prior to engaging in these activities each individual should get the proper training to make safe decisions and be equipped to use avalanche safety resources and tools. Please visit our Backcountry Skiing and Avalanche Safety post to learn more.