Terrain: Ten kilometers, uphill to start and then gently rolling terrain
Elevation: 4,236 to 4,690 feet
Best time to go: Late November through late March, depending on snowfall
How to get there: Devil’s Spur trailhead is located one mile from Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort. From Wenatchee, get on Mission Street and head south. The street will turn into Squilchuck Road. Continue up Squilchuck until it becomes Mission Ridge Road. About 3.5 miles past Squilchuck State Park, you’ll see a parking lot located on the right side of a switchback in the road. A rock outcropping on the right side of the road/switchback serves as a nice landmark for the trailhead.
Trail tips: The trail starts on a closed forest road and transitions to single-track trail. Cross over Liberty Beehive Road and continue on the Pipeline trail. Watch for flags on the left, marking the turnoff for the steep single-track trail down to the Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort parking lot. Shuttle or walk down Squilchuck Road back to the trailhead parking lot. You can also do a lovely out-and-back excursion on the Pipeline Trail from the Mission Ridge parking lot. As with most winter sports, snow conditions are weather dependent.
Highlights: The Pipeline Trail offers expansive views of the Wenatchee Valley. Once you get to the top, you’ll relish the views and enjoy the moderately rolling terrain for the rest of your snowshoeing jaunt.
Lowlights: There are really none, unless you consider the Devil’s Spur Trail’ long uphill climb a detriment. We see it as a great way to get the blood pumping!
Things to know: Hampton Lodge, located at the base of Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort, features a restaurant and a bar to warm up in or to enjoy post-snowshoe libations. Available amenities at the base area include childcare, free Wi-Fi, ski lessons and first-aid services.