Lake Wenatchee State Park South Loop

Eastern North Cascades + Lake Chelan, Washington

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Lake Wenatchee State Park South Loop

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  • Start of the day overlooking Lake Wenatchee.- Lake Wenatchee State Park South Loop
  • Old-growth along the South Loop in Lake Wenatchee State Park.- Lake Wenatchee State Park South Loop
  • Bright lichen contrasts in the winter.- Lake Wenatchee State Park South Loop
  • South Loop, Lake Wenatchee State Park.- Lake Wenatchee State Park South Loop
  • Well-marked trails in Lake Wentachee State Park.- Lake Wenatchee State Park South Loop
  • Beautiful views along the South Loop in Lake Wenatchee State Park.- Lake Wenatchee State Park South Loop
  • South Loop, Lake Wenatchee State Park.- Lake Wenatchee State Park South Loop
  • Well-marked trails in Lake Wentachee State Park.- Lake Wenatchee State Park South Loop
  • South Loop, Lake Wenatchee State Park.- Lake Wenatchee State Park South Loop
  • South Loop, Lake Wenatchee State Park.- Lake Wenatchee State Park South Loop
  • All ending with a bridge vista on the South Loop at Lake Wenatchee State Park.- Lake Wenatchee State Park South Loop
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Near to other cross-country trails. Nearby sledding. Great views. Easy access.
Cons: 
Groomed on only on weekends.
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Region:
Eastern North Cascades + Lake Chelan, WA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
No
Groomed trail: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
155.00 ft (47.24 m)
Parking Pass: 
Sno-Park Parking Permit (required in OR + WA 11.01 thru 04.30)
Preferable Season(s):
Winter
Total Distance: 
2.00 mi (3.22 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
1,888.00 ft (575.46 m)
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Lake Wenatchee State Park is a great winter weekend or weekday destination. This approximately 500-acre recreation area is bisected by glacial Lake Wenatchee, which has a circumference of over 2 miles and creates two similar but very distinct areas. Though the north and south parking lots are located close together, they require slightly different access points. Signs are abundant, but the turn off for the south parking lot is about a 1 mile south of the north lot on Highway 207. 

As in the north section, several trails combine to create plenty of touring options with different terrain and distance profiles. Nason's Ridge and Kahler Glen Golf Course are the only trails that don't finish in the south parking lot. With open views of Lake Wenatchee and Baldyface Mountain and intimate tours of the park's dense forest, a winter exploration of Lake Wenatchee State Park is a rewarding trip. Note that, in addition to a sno-park pass, you'll need a groomed trails permit to ski or snowshoe at Lake Wenatchee State Park (credit card, check, or cash are accepted at the south parking lot). This also allows you to access to the groomed sledding hill that shares the same parking lot.

Backcountry Safety

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.

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