Leaving from Blewett Pass's northern sno-park, the Wenatchee Ridge Trail offers two perks that are unusual for the area: non-motorized winter recreation after the first half-mile, and nearly constant panoramic views. Looking north gives you unimpeded views of the rumpled Stuart Range, while to the south you have periodic framed overlooks of the Swauk Valley. The moderately graded trail, which follows NF-7324 to XC-800, is impossible to get lost on, if a little monotonous at times, and avalanche potential is low throughout.
From the kiosk at the sno-park, proceed up the main road, bending left and away from the campsite. Snowmobiles are prohibited after the half-mile point. Fork left here instead of descending on Scotty Creek Road. From here, you'll continue climbing through logged fir and pine, with the first wide vista coming a few hundred feet before you hit the ridge's highest point. This is a logical turnaround spot for skiers who want to make a shorter day of it. Continuing along the ridge will give you more and varied views and lead past the more popular early sections of the route. If you're doing the length of the trail, your turnaround point is the next fork in the road, about 3 miles past the Scotty Creek turnoff. You can also continue up the trail to the right, adding in another 0.75-mile climb.
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.