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Wednesday, October 23, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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National forest roads closing to wheels, opening to winter activities

The north-central Washington sun gods shine on Sam Schlieder of Spokane Valley as he cross-country skis along the Echo Ridge Nordic Trails near Lake Chelan.  (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)
The north-central Washington sun gods shine on Sam Schlieder of Spokane Valley as he cross-country skis along the Echo Ridge Nordic Trails near Lake Chelan. (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)

WINTER SPORTS -- National forests are beginning to close some designated mountain roads to wheeled traffic to prepare for grooming snowmobile routes as well as some nordic skiing trails.

Echo Ridge Ski Area will open this weekend on Forest Service routes above Lake Chelan with more grooming planned for next week.

Snowmobile trails are opening but grooming operations have not begun, the Chelan Ranger District reports. 

Check grooming status for other regions before going out.  Idaho Panhandle National Forests say crews and volunteers are still working to removed Nov. 17 windstorm debris from snowmobile routes.




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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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