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AMERICAN RIDGE LODGE, WA
part ofOkanogan National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Tue Dec 31 2013 Season Dates
1 site(s) found
OverviewAmerican Ridge Lodge is located approximately 38 miles west of Naches, Washington in the foothills of the eastern Cascades. The lodge is available for reservation year-round, offering visitors a glimpse into the unique ski history of the area. Larger groups and gatherings will find this spacious facility to be an ideal setting for recreation and relaxation.
In the 1930s, the Yakima Valley Ski Club worked with the U.S. Forest Service to construct the American River Ski Bowl, one of the first downhill ski areas in Washington State. The rustic ski lodge and unique 20-seater outhouse were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in connection with the ski area, which was operated into the 1950s.
By the late 1950s, White Pass Ski Area was built, offering deeper snow, a longer ski season and steeper slopes. American Ridge Ski Bowl lay vacant for years, until the lodge and outhouse were carefully restored and made available to the public for reservation.
The lodge is located just outside the boundary of the William O. Douglas Wilderness, at an elevation of 3,041 feet. Defined by 166,000 acres of snow-capped peaks, rocky ridges, steep slopes and hundreds of pools and lakes, this magnificent region pays tribute to wilderness advocate and Supreme Court justice, William Orville Douglas, who often explored the area on foot.
In the summer and early fall, guests will find excellent hiking, fishing, horseback riding, and mountain biking opportunities in the area. Skiing, snowshoeing, sledding and snowmobiling are available in the winter months.
The rustic and spacious 43 x 48 foot lodge, although largely unfurnished, is equipped with a kitchen area, counter space and benches, several closets and cabinets, and a wood stove.
Hikers may want to traverse a portion of the spectacular Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), one of the world's premier National Scenic Trails. Enjoy some of North America's most fantastic scenery, as the trail winds from Mexico to Canada through Washington state.
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Please contact the Ranger District at 509-653-1401 prior to your arrival to check any restrictions or conditions, such as fire or road closures, or weather that may affect the quality of your visit.
Access to the lodge is through a locked gate. The combination to the gate lock will be included in your confirmation letter.
From Naches, Washington follow US Highway 12 west for approximately 4 miles to State Route 410. Take SR 410 for about 36 miles to Bumping Road 1800. Turn onto Bumping Road and travel less than .5 miles to Forest Service Road (FSR) 1800-381 on your right. Take FSR 381 for less than a mile to the gate, and then proceed through the gate for another mile to the lodge.
During winter months, visitors may park in the plowed pullout on Bumping Lake Road and either walk or snowmobile, just under a mile to the lodge.
Mailing Address:AMERICAN RIDGE LODGE
BUMPING ROAD 1800-381
NACHES WA 98937
Phone Number:Information: (509) 653-1401