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Wenatchee Ridge Trail

Blewett Pass

Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Washington

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Wenatchee Ridge Trail

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  • Blewett Pass Sno-Park on the north side of Highway 97.- Wenatchee Ridge Trail
  • Signage at the Wenatchee Ridge Trailhead.- Wenatchee Ridge Trail
  • The Wenatchee Ridge trail continues to the left, and Scotty Creek Road descends to the right.- Wenatchee Ridge Trail
  • Continuing to ascend the ridge.- Wenatchee Ridge Trail
  • Panorama of the Stuart Range. Individual peaks are obscured by intervening Three Brothers (7,303'). McClellan Peak (8,364') is visible as a long comb right of center, with Little Annapurna (8,440') directly to its left.- Wenatchee Ridge Trail
  • Small cornices appear in the middle of the trail at more exposed points on the ridge.- Wenatchee Ridge Trail
  • Tracks in the road (help us identify them by providing feedback).- Wenatchee Ridge Trail
  • Looking past a ponderosa snag into the Swauk Valley.- Wenatchee Ridge Trail
  • Continuing along the ridge.- Wenatchee Ridge Trail
  • Another view of the Scotty Creek Valley.- Wenatchee Ridge Trail
  • Scoured snow on the return below the ridge.- Wenatchee Ridge Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Panoramic views.
Cons: 
Monotonous trail.
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Region:
Alpine Lakes Wilderness, WA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
No
Net Elevation Gain: 
343.00 ft (104.55 m)
Parking Pass: 
Sno-Park Parking Permit (required in OR + WA 11.01 thru 04.30)
Preferable Season(s):
Winter
Total Distance: 
6.00 mi (9.66 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
4,034.00 ft (1,229.56 m)
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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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.

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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