Attractions: This is a great introductory mountain biking route for children. The trail is flat and smooth with an occasional short hill. Most of the trail is gravel road with some double-track and very short sections of single track. The trail follows the Wenatchee River so you can take breaks from the riding to play on the beach– always a kid-pleaser.
Distance: This is groomed as a ski trail, so it is signed with blue diamonds marking the ski trail. If you follow the blue diamonds, it is about a five mile loop. The area is criss-crossed with lots of roads, so the options are endless.
Skill: 1 (beginner)
Fitness: 1 (easy)
- Take Highway 2 out of Leavenworth to Cole’s Corner.
- Turn right on Highway 207 and continue about 4 miles. When you pass the South Entrance into Lake Wenatchee State Park on the left you will know you’re getting close.
- Continue on Highway 207 another half mile and cross a bridge over the Wenatchee River.
- Shortly after the bridge, there’s a fork in the road. Go right here on the Chiwawa Loop Road. Now drive approximately 1 mile to the Chiwawa Sno-Park (a parking lot) on the left.
- The Squirrel Run and Flying Loop ski trails leave out of the parking lot. To access the See and Ski trail, you must exit the parking lot and cross the Chiwawa Loop Road. The trail begins directly across from the parking lot.
Trip Instructions: For a five mile loop, follow the blue diamonds. There are lots of other possibilities.
Recommended Season: While this is officially signed as a ski trail but it is bike-able in the spring, summer and fall.
Cons/Hazards: Motorized vehicles are allowed, so this is not what you would call a wilderness experience. The Sunday afternoon we rode the trail we saw two motorbikes and a truck over the five mile ride. However, it is a great ride for kids with easy riding and access to the river.
Trip Reporter: Carolyn Griffin-Bugert, August 2006
Leave It Better than You Found It. This should be every user’s goal. Pick up trash left by others, pull noxious weeds along your route, throw branches over unwanted spur trails, etc.
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At Cole’s corner, the turnoff is Highway 207 (not 209, which is the Chumstick Highway). The Ski and See loop is also a delightful XC ski or snowshoe loop in the winter, and a good place to exercise your dog off leash in the fall. Just be warned that there are lots of mosquitoes in the spring..
Thanks for that correction, Bob. The post has been edited to include the correct Highway information.