Washington State Parks: www.parks.wa.gov
Apple Country Snowmobile Club: applecountrysnowmobileclub.com
Lake Chelan Snowmobile Club: lkchelansnowmobileclub.com
Lake Wenatchee Rec Club: lakewenatcheerecclub.com
With roughly 500 miles of snowmobile trails — ranging from flat scenic tours to steep thrill rides — Chelan County has just about everything to offer sledders of all experience.
The best source of all things snowmobiling in Chelan County is the Washington State Park’s Web site, which includes directions, locations of Sno-Parks and maps of groomed snowmobile trails, along with grooming schedules and any closures or problems with trails.
All Sno-Parks requiring a parking permit.
Here are the best-known places in the county to get your motor on:
About 200 miles of trails stretch between Fish Lake and the Entiat Valley, with entry points at the Airstrip and Fish Lake Sno-Parks. Sugarloaf Lookout, perched high on Entiat Ridge, is a popular destination spot.
Six different Sno-Parks access Lake Chelan’s nearly 200 miles of trails. To the north, more than 100 miles of trails radiate from Sno-Parks at Antilon Lake and Echo Ridge and extend over to the Methow Valley, where parking areas are located at Black Canyon and South Fork Gold Creek. Several businesses in the Lake Chelan area rent snowmobiles.
Along the south shore of the lake, a 63-mile trail system can be reached from the Twenty-five Mile Creek Sno-Park. The trails head over Shady Pass to the Entiat Valley.
The valley offers two snowmobile trail systems, one starting near Ardenvoir and the other where the snowplowing ends on Entiat River Road. Trails connect to Lake Wenatchee and Lake Chelan.
About 100 miles of groomed trails entice sledders to the Colockum area, which has Sno-Parks at Clear Lake and Lily Lake.
Both areas offer a wide variety of easy and challenging terrain for snowmobilers, as well as several bowls, meadows and hills for playing off the groomed trails.
Areas around Blewett Pass offer a more rugged backcountry experience, but sledders should check snow conditions for avalanche danger and watch out for cross country skiers and snowshoers.