The sport of snowmobiling is growing every year and it easy to see why. Snowmobiling offers a wonderful family and friends experience as opens up opportunities to see Washington’s back country scenery. If you are like me, you can’t get enough of the deep powder, hill climbing, and the great trails to make your adrenaline race.
Last winter, a friend and I took 18 people which have never experienced the sport out for a three day weekend trip. I found it very rewarding for them, along with myself and a repeat trip is already in the making. Snowmobile parks in Washington State are some of the best around. There are more than 100 snow parks in the State of Washington with 80 designated for snowmobiling. Every snow park has its advantages and disadvantages and your skill level will determine which snow park is most suitable for you. Here is a list of snow parks that I enjoy to visit in no particular order.
- Fish Lake Snow Park: Located off of US 2, on Chiwawa River Road and Offers 186 miles of groomed trails. You can also enter this snow park from Ardenvoir. Elevation is 2,000 feet with 100 spaces to park.
- Stampede Pass Snow Park: Located 8 miles east of Snowqualmie Pass summit which offers a trail system of 51 miles. Elevation is 2,400 feet with 250 spaces.
- Mt. Baker National Recreation Area: Located 12 miles north or Highway 20 via Baker Lake Highway. There are 2 snow parks here in which there are 75 spaces available. Elevation is 1,160 and 1,520.
- Blewett Pass: Located 25 miles south of Leavenworth of Highway 97. This snow park has groomed trails, but no record to the miles it offers. Elevation is 4,100 feet with 30 spaces available.
- Mill Creek: Located 18 miles east of Colville via highway 20 at Country Road 4954. This park offers 138 miles of trail system. Elevation is 3,200 feet. With 2 other snow parks nearby, total parking is 50 spaces.
- Kings Lake: Located on Highway 20 to Usk. 132 miles of trail system are offered at this park. Elevation is 3,100 feet, and there are 60 spaces available.
- Salmon La Sac: Located north of Cle Elum taking exit 80 and on Route 903 north for 16 miles. This snow park offers 38 miles of trail system. Elevation is 2,360 feet with 100 spaces.
- Boulder Creek: Located 6 miles north of Winthrop County Road 1213 north to Co road 9137 northeast for 1 mile. Snow Park is located at USFS Road 37. Offers 134 miles of trail system is offered. Elevation is 2,050 with 30 spaces available.
- Rock Creek Upper: Located 19 miles northwest of Naches, Highway 410 to Rock Creek Road. This park has 68 miles of trail system. Elevation is 3,340 feet with only 10 spaces available.
Washington State Park’s website: http://www.parks.wa.gov/winter/snowmobiling/
- Franks Rentals – They have over 25 years experience in serving Okanogan County. This company is located at 625 Omak Drive, Omak Washington 98841. Phone: 509-332-6895
- Cascade Playtime Rentals: I have worked with this company before, and the knowledge and experience they have is superior. Located a few miles north of Roslyn, Washington. Phone: 509-649-2444
- Mountain Springs Lodge: A beautiful lodge located in one of the best towns in Washington State. I’ve seen, and talked, with this tour group on the trails on many occasions, and are one of the very best in the state. Located at 19115 Chiwawa Loop Road, Leavenworth, Washington 98826. Phone: 1-800-858-2276.
There are quite a few snowmobile rental companies in Washington State, which offer the experience at a reasonable price. Snowmobile tours are also available. With snowmobile snow parks located throughout the state, there is bound to be one close to you.