Posts Tagged ‘Winter recreation’

Wish you were here?

February 13, 2014
High Hut at Mount Tahoma

Book your adventure to the Mount Tahoma Snow Huts on DNR-managed state trust lands today at http://www.skimtta.com/huts.htm

Winter recreation season is finally in full swing. The mountains are covered in snow and Eastern Washington’s trails are groomed and ready for snowmobiling, skiing, and snowshoeing.

Planning a trip to see the snow? We at DNR want you to have the opportunity to enjoy some winter outdoor adventures, but we want you to be safe.

mountain bikers riding a snowy trail

Winter outdoor recreation takes many shapes on DNR-managed lands.
Photo: Randy Warnock/DNR

Safety first for winter recreation
Whether you snowshoe, cross country ski, hike, or snowmobile, you should be prepared.

Here are some tips to follow for a safe and enjoyable trip:

Snow mobile

Don’t get out on the trails without proper permits! Make it a fun day and know before you go.
Photo: Chuck Lamica, DNR

Snowmobilers
Snowmobilers should follow all of the aforementioned as well as know their ability to ride on or off groomed trails.

Wear protective equipment with Washington Department of Transportation approved helmets. Never carry a passenger unless the snowmobile is designed for it. Always avoid alcohol while operating a snowmobile and ride responsibly.

Sno-Park Permit, Discover Pass, or both?
Don’t forget to grab your Sno-Park Permit or Discover Pass before you head out.

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Encore! Encore! Second Ahtanum winter recreation event on February 15 &16

February 7, 2013
Snowmobiler heads out on the Ahtanum Winter Trails during January's Winter Recreation Event. Photo: Ken Dean, DNR.

Snowmobiler heads out on the Ahtanum Winter Trails during January’s Winter Recreation Event. Photo: Ken Dean, DNR.

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) would like to invite you to Ahtanum State Forest near Yakima on February 15 and 16 to learn about winter recreation opportunities. DNR received such positive feedback from the first event held on January 18 & 19, that recreation managers have schedule this second event. Check out photos from the first event.

The recreation managers hosting the event will be available to answer your winter recreation questions. They will also have maps and can help you find the best adventure for your group.  Snowmobilers will find lots of resources on opportunities and safety precautions when using groomed trails.

Snacks, hot beverages, and a warm fire will be available to warm you up if you decide to go try out the trails. This will also be a great opportunity to meet others who enjoy winter sports.

Event Details

When:   February 15 & 16
8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Where: Ahtanum State Forest in the Whites Ridge Parking lot (map).

Directions: From Interstate 82, take exit 36 (Union Gap/Valley Mall Blvd). Turn onto E Valley Mall Blvd, continue straight for 2 miles through the stop light and past Costco. Turn left onto S 3rd St and go to the stop sign. Turn right onto Ahtanum Rd, continue for 13 miles. Turn slight right onto North Fork Ahtanum Rd, continue for 10 miles. Once you enter the Ahtanum State Forest follow directional signs to the Whites Ridge parking lot.

Don’t forget your Discover Pass, your ticket to millions of acres of recreation opportunities on Washington state-managed recreation lands.

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Winter recreation event at Ahtanum State Forest January 18 and 19

January 14, 2013
Snowmobilers in the Ahtanum

Snowmobilers in the DNR-managed Ahtanum area in Yakima County. Photo: DNR

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) would like to invite you to Ahtanum State Forest near Yakima on January 18 & 19 to find out about winter recreation opportunities.

Recreation managers will be hosting the event and will be available to answer your winter recreation questions. They will also have maps and can help you find the best adventure for your group.  Snowmobilers will find lots of resources on opportunities and safety precautions when using groomed trails.

Snacks, hot beverages, and a warm fire will be available to warm you up if you decide to go try out the trails. This will also be a great opportunity to meet others who enjoy winter sports.

Event Details

When:   January 18 & 19
                8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Where: Ahtanum State Forest in the Whites Ridge Parking lot (map).

Don’t forget your Discover Pass, your ticket to millions of acres of recreation opportunities on Washington state-managed recreation lands.

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Break out your winter toys! Snowy New Year recreation adventures

January 1, 2013

 

Making plans for the New Year? Put the Narcisse Snowmobile Trails near Colville, WA on the top of your list! Photo: Chuck Lamica, DNR

Making plans for the New Year? Put the Narcisse Snowmobile Trails near Colville, WA on the top of your list! Photo: Chuck Lamica, DNR

Does your New Year’s resolution involve getting out more in the snow?

You’ll find groomed trails for snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing on state trust lands managed by the Department of Natural Resources. Many of these trails originate on DNR-managed lands; others hook up with trails originating on other public and private lands. Many of these trails will require a Sno-Park permit, Discover Pass, or both. Check out this flyer for more information

Near Colville in northeast Washington, DNR offers two snowmobiling trail systems that interconnect in the Little Pend Oreille (LPO) and the Narcisse forest blocks. Access to these trails is gained from the Flodelle/Tacoma Creek Sno-Park or Mill Creek Sno-Park. These areas require a Sno-Park permit.

DNR provides five snowmobile Sno-Parks near Yakima and Ellensburg. Ahtanum State Forest, west of Yakima, offers plenty of groomed trail opportunities originating from the Ahtanum Meadows, White’s Ridge, and Lower Red Saddle winter recreation trailheads. (Again, a big thanks to the Ski Benders of Yakima for rescuing winter recreation in Ahtanum.) Also near Yakima is the Rattlesnake winter recreation area. To visit these areas, you will need a Discover Pass.

Other snowmobiling areas can be found south of Wenatchee at Lily Lake Sno-Park, which access groomed trails that extend down into the southern end of the Naneum Ridge State Forest. Don’t forget your Discover Pass.

The Mount Tahoma Trail System near Elbe offers nearly 50 miles of cross-country ski and snowshoe trails. Photo: Jason Goldstein, DNR.

The Mount Tahoma Trail System near Elbe offers nearly 50 miles of cross-country ski and snowshoe trails. Photo: Jason Goldstein, DNR.

If you prefer the peace and quiet of non-motorized winter recreation, you can cross-country ski and snowshoe on nearly 50 miles of trails—20 miles of which are groomed—in the Tahoma and Elbe State Forests, east of Elbe on the way up to Mount Rainier. The Mount Tahoma Trails Association (MTTA) operates free ski huts there, but you do need reservations. Visit the MTTA website for more information. This special area requires both a Sno-Park permit and a Discover Pass.

Before you head for the hills, be sure to check on grooming conditions and also download a trail map from the Washington State Parks winter recreation web page. Also, be sure to check the Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center for any avalanche warnings.

Please note that if you park at a motorized Sno-Park area and aren’t planning on riding a snowmobile, you’ll still need a Sno-Park permit.

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Get away to the Mount Tahoma Snow Huts on DNR-managed lands.

December 26, 2012

High Hut at Mount Tahoma

Want to get away this winter? Enjoy a beautiful weekend snowshoeing or skiing to the Mount Tahoma snow huts.

Mount Tahoma Trails Association (MTTA) operates a winter trail system, several huts, and a yurt on and near DNR-managed lands in the Elbe/Tahoma State Forest in Pierce County. For more information about the trail system and to register for a hut, visit: www.skimtta.com/

You will need your Sno-Park pass to park for this amazing experience. However, the cabins are free aside from a nominal permit processing fee. Make sure you show up for your reservations and leave the cabins as you find them to avoid getting a penalty charge. Reservations are first come, first serve, so book today!

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Sno-Park Permit or Discover Pass: What you need to know to play in the snow

December 9, 2011
What you need for winter recreation on WA state lands

Click on the graphic for a larger view.

Before you head out to cross-country ski, snowshoe, snowmobile or just play in the snow on state lands this winter, be sure you have the right permit or pass.

In some cases you’ll either need a Sno-Park Permit or a Discover Pass—or even both.

If you want to go to DNR-managed winter recreation areas east of the Cascades such as Ahtanum, Lily Lake, or Rattlesnake, then a Discover Pass is your ticket for winter fun. The annual Discover Pass is $30 and a day-use pass is $10 (plus transaction fees when purchased through a retailer).

You would also need a Discover Pass for Manastash, except this area is closed this winter due to storm damage from last spring.

A seasonal Sno-Park permit ($40) gives you access to Sno-Parks managed by State Parks and the DNR-managed Mount Tahoma Trail System.

Things get a little more complicated if you just purchase a one-day Sno-Park Permit ($20) and plan to head to certain Sno-Parks. In those cases, you’ll also need a one-day or annual Discover Pass. This applies to the following areas:

  • Crystal Springs Sno-Park
  • Hyak Sno-Park
  • Easton Reload Sno-Park
  • Lake Easton State Park
  • Lake Wenatchee State Park
  • Fields Spring State Park
  • Mount Spokane State Park
  • Mount Tahoma Trail System (managed by DNR)

Download the handy chart developed by DNR and State Parks to find out what kind of pass or permit you’ll need this winter.

More details are also available in a news release the two agencies issued earlier this week.

Grooming schedule for DNR-managed winter recreation areas
Yes, there’s an official grooming season!  Grooming on trails in Ahtanum, Lily Lake, and Rattlesnake begins December 15 and ends April 1. For more information about these areas, visit the DNR Southeast Region Recreation web page.

For more information and updates on conditions at Mount Tahoma Ski Trails, visit the Mount Tahoma Trails Association. This volunteer non-profit organization maintains a network of 50 miles of trails and several no-fee huts.

For information on all other Sno-Parks, visit the Washington State Parks’ winter recreation web page.

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Recreation Alert: Upcoming seasonal closures on DNR-managed lands

November 25, 2011
Volunteers at Jones Creek. Winter 2011

While Jones Creek ORV trails are closed for the winter, volunteers brave all kinds of weather to get trails ready for spring. Photo: DNR

It’s the time of year when some recreation facilities and trails on DNR-managed state trust lands close for the winter season. Before you head out, make sure you know what’s open and what’s closed. Here’s the lowdown:

Clark County

Jones Creek ORV Trails / Trailhead, Yacolt Burn State Forest
Beginning December 1, the Jones Creek ORV trail system is closed to off-road motorized use. The trailhead area will also be closed. Forest roads are still open to off-road.

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