Echo Ridge Winter Trails #1290-1291

  

Echo Ridge Ski Trail

The Echo Ridge Nordic Ski Area is a unique cross country ski area with more than 25 miles of groomed trails just 10 miles from downtown Chelan. Some would describe Echo Ridge as a cross country ski area that has something for everybody. The terrain varies in skill level, the vistas are breathtaking, one daily low price, dependable snow, consistent grooming for skate and classic skiing, and there are even trails where you can bring your dog. With the lower parking lot at an elevation of 3,600 feet, Echo Ridge is typically above the clouds that cover the Lake Chelan valley in the winter. On a nice day amazing views of the Enchantments, Pyramid Peak, and the Okanogan Highlands can be enjoyed from a number of the groomed trails. The trails are both expertly groomed and laid out over rolling hills circling ridge tops and travelling through broad drainages. Even on a busy day skiers have a sense of solitude as they explore the vast trail system. Snowshoers will also find plenty of trails to fill a weekend of adventure.

There are no prohibitions concerning fat biking on snowmobile trails on the Chelan Ranger District. At Echo Ridge Nordic Ski Area, fat bikes are allowed only on trails open to snowshoeing

See Winter Photos of Echo Ridge

 Ski trail conditions can be found at Lake Chelan Nordic Club.

MAP of Echo Ridge Ski and Snowshoe Trails [PDF: 200 kb]
See below for information on how to get this map on your phone so you can find your location on the trails.

See Echo Ridge Summer Trails page for mountain biking and hiking information.

Get these maps on your smartphone and locate yourself on the trails! Get the App. Get the Map.

AVENZA PDF MAPS is a free mobile map application that enables you to download maps over a Wi-Fi or cellular network to read on your smartphone or tablet. Use your device’s built-in GPS to track your location on the map. The beauty is that you can access these maps and locate yourself even when you’re offline (no WiFi or Cell connection) because they’re saved to the device’s memory.

Step 1: Get free Avenza PDF Maps App at www.avenza.com/pdf-maps or through App Store on your device.

Step 2: On your smartphone or tablet, copy URL (website address):

For Ski Trails Map:
http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/echoridge/wintermap

Open PDF Maps App and click the + or store icon to add a map. Then click into the “From the Web” field and paste the URL and click Go. The map will then be downloaded onto your device.
To see the map, click “Maps” icon at bottom of app. When you are actually in the area covered by map you will see a blue dot showing your location, even without a WiFi or cell connection.  

Echo Ridge Yurt Echo Ride Yurt Echo Ridge Dog Echo Ridge Skiers Echo Ridge Groomed Trail

At a Glance

Area Amenities: Picnic tables,Toilets,Parking
Fees WINTER RECREATION PASSES:  The trail fee (paid at self-serve drop boxes in the parking areas) is currently $10 per day per adult. Kids 17 and under ski for free. Season Passes ($70) are available by mid-November each year and can be purchased at the Chelan Ranger District at 428 West Woodin Ave, Chelan or at the Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce.  Online pass sales are available from the Lake Chelan Nordic Ski Club at http://www.lakechelannordic.org/index.php?page_id=218. NW Forest Passes and Washington State Sno-Park Permits are not accepted.
Closest Towns: Chelan, WA and Manson, WA
Restroom: Yes
Passes: Passes are required only during the winter months.
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information

General Notes:

Pets are allowed on designated trails.The Tootsy Roll, Whoop-Di-Do, Lolly Pop, Zoom, Outback ski trails allow you to travel with dogs. All snowshoe trails are also open to dogs. The other trails are closed to dogs and walking.


Directions:

From Chelan, travel 1.5 miles west on the Chelan-Manson State Highway 150 to Boyd Road. Turn right on Boyd Road and follow the signs for 7 miles to the Echo Valley Ski Area. Continue 2 miles past Echo Valley on Forest Service Road #8021-130 to the Echo Ridge Recreational Area Trailheads.


Parking:

Winter trailheads have parking available.


Accessibility:

The Nordic trails are about 9.5 miles from the town of Chelan. Follow the Manson Highway (SR-150) 2 miles to Boyd Road and turn right. Follow Boyd Road to Cooper Gulch Road, following signs to the Echo Valley Ski Area and snowmobile Sno-Park. The county road ends at the Echo Valley downhill ski area. From this point, a plowed Forest Service road winds steeply uphill for about two miles where you’ll reach the main parking areas – Lower and Upper Echo Trailheads, both capable of holding about 50 vehicles. These trailheads provide access to the best skiing. On your way up you’ll pass the Zoom Trailhead about 1 mile from Echo Valley which can hold 6 or 7 vehicles. Between the Zoom Trailhead and the Lower Echo Trailhead, there’s also a trailhead and small parking area named, The Shoe, giving access to snowshoeing trails


Activities


Winter Sports

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XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

The trails are both expertly groomed and laid out with single and double track platforms as well as extensive skating loops. The pitch of the trails undulate nicely and the green (easy) skating routes, while not flat, still provide a very nice skating experience for beginners. The system is divided in several different loops coming together at 5 major junctions. Snowshoers will also find plenty opportunity to get out on the Shoe, Zoom, Outback, Somewhere to Ride, and Divine Intervention trails.  Free maps of the trails are available at the main parking areas and the signage and large-scale maps at the major intersections are all excellent. Signage, in fact, doesn't get much better. 

Amenities

Picnic tables Within ski yurt.
Toilets Restrooms are available year-round.
Parking All parking lots are snow plowed.