CHELAN – The U.S. Forest Service has stopped charging for access to winter trails in the Echo Ridge Nordic Ski Area of the Chelan Ranger District.
“Springtime brings some additional opportunities for people wanting to continue winter outdoor activities in the Chelan Valley,” said Chelan District Trails Specialist Ken Dull. “The grooming and fees have come to an end for the season, but we open all the trails up to other non-motorized uses like snowshoeing, hiking, and recreating with dogs.”
While the trails remain open, the Lake Chelan Nordic Club has halted grooming activities, officials said. But there are still ample Nordic skiing and snowshoeing activities available.
Spring time hiking has also opened up.
“This has been a really successful winter recreation season at Echo Ridge,” Dull said. “The Nordic area is becoming a favorite winter destination location. This is not only due to the beautiful location but also to the hard work of our partners, and all the season pass holders,” he said.
When traveling to Echo Ridge, visitors should always be prepared for winter driving conditions; be prepared for snow, ice and mud on forest roads.
For more information about the Echo Ridge Summer and Winter Trail System please contact the Chelan Ranger District at 509-682-4900.