Wenatchee Ridge provides snowshoers with well-earned mountain views of the Cascade Wilderness. After a lengthy uphill trek that climbs to the top of Wenatchee Ridge, idyllic views of Dirtyface Peak, Mount Mastiff, and Lake Wenatchee are a great reward. The climb and distance make this a full day, and the effort is worth it
Starting at an easy to find sno-park, this route sticks to unplowed Forest Service roads. Elevation gain is slight for the first few miles, and many of the far reaching peaks of the Mount Mastiff range pop up between clearings in the forest. For an easier route, stick just to the beginning of the route before the real climb starts. With plenty of mountain views, Pacific Northwest forest, and glimpses of the Little Wenatchee River, it's a great introduction to the joys of snowshoeing.
For the more adventurous, take the well-marked route up the mountain and begin the climb after following the Little Wenatchee River for roughly 2.5 miles. It's a pretty steady uphill, and at times you may be rethinking your decision to make the trek, but once you get to the mountain vista views the higher elevation allows, you'll realize it was well worth it. Their are a couple of forks in the road on your way up, and they all lead to a different part of the ridge. Each leads to its own spectacular perspective on the winter wonderland spread out for miles before 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.