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O'Grady's St. Paddy's 5K
O'Grady's St. Paddy's 5K
Photo by Nate McPherron
The inaugural O'Grady's St. Paddy's 5k run was held last Saturday at Sleeping Lady. The runners started and finished at the Icicle River Trail.

Tveten finds perfect place for his Eagle Scout Project
Photo submitted by Susan Peterson
An example of one of the clay tiles Tveten designed for his Eagle Scout project.
Photo submitted by Susan Peterson
An example of one of the clay tiles Tveten designed for his Eagle Scout project.
Most of Wenatchee River Ranger District's trails are the straight up/down variety, but not far from the heart of Leavenworth is the Leavenworth Ski Hill, a special place comprised of rolling hills and challenging vertical ascents for skiers, hikers and bikers.
Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Wenatchee River Ranger District extends permit season in the Enchantments
In order to provide more protection for the resource, the Wenatchee River Ranger District has decided to extend the permit season at the popular Enchantments in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. The previous permit season, June 15 to Oct. 15, has been extended six weeks from May 15 to Oct. 31.
High use was noted in the Enchantments before and after the permit season, said Gabrielle Snider, WRRD wilderness manager.
"We're seeing a very high use, especially day use, but before and after the permit season, we're seeing very high numbers of users. During that time, quite a bit of impact is showing around the lakeshore and around the core Enchantment zone," Snider said. "It is extremely fragile vegetation. We've done restoration projects over the years, pretty intensive projects trying to recover the vegetation in that high alpine area. It is nearly impossible to recover those plants."
Even after one high use weekend, Snider said they see newly developed trails and campsites. The difference has been "stunning." Over the past couple years, there have been longer periods of good weather, low snow, with very hot springs and summers.
This is has been noted all over the region, Snider said, where the warmer weather has allowed more heavy use than ever before, "breaking through the ceiling." The Enchantment permit season was established in 1987.
"Because we had low demand in those early and late seasons and because generally they were under quite a bit of snow, there really wasn't a demand for those permits. So we didn't need the permit system. We always want to allow people the most flexibility and most freedom while protecting the resource," Snider said.

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