This is a fun classic cross-country ski and groomed snowmobile route that follows along the Entiat River.
Although skiers share this route with snowmobilers, there’s plenty of quiet time to enjoy the beautiful scenery of ice falls high up among the rock cliffs or snowy ice sculptures found along the slow-moving Entiat River.
Access: From Highway 97A, turn onto Entiat River Road and travel 24 miles to the Entiat River Sno-Park. The Entiat River Sno-Park contains 15 parking sites used by a variety of visitors including snowmobilers, cross-country skiers and snowshoers.
Length: It is about three miles from the Sno-Park to Box Canyon. For snowmobilers, it is about five more miles to the Shady Pass Road and 12 miles to Cottonwood Campground.
Fees: A Washington State Sno-Park Pass is required for parking. Permit fees are $21 for a day pass or $41 for an annual pass.
Elevation: 480 feet (from 1,720 to 2,200 feet)
Allowed: Snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, walking and dogs.
Not allowed: The road is closed to all wheeled vehicles beyond the Entiat Sno-Park.
What you will see: Classic cross-country skiers will enjoy skiing along this beautiful scenic river. The forest visitor will observe river formed snow sculptures, rocky cliffs with impressive looking ice falls, and a chiseled-out Box Canyon that took millions of years for the Entiat River to carve.
Note: Upon leaving the main Entiat River Road following the sign toward Box Canyon, be aware of your surroundings and what kind of snow you’re skiing on.
When leaving the road to follow the trail to the overview it may be easier to leave the skis at the road and walk the path down to the overview.
If conditions are slick, then think of doing this trip after the snow has melted off.
Information contact: Entiat Ranger District, 784-1511.
— U.S. Forest Service