The 10+ foot wide graveled cross-country ski trails were new, and there is major construction at the beginning of the trailhead.
The Upper Winner Creek trail veers off at 1.5 miles up the Winner Creek Trail, continuing another 12 or 14 miles upstream to a beautiful mountain valley. I got 1.5 miles up that trail (past the turnoff), and as you can see below, the mountains come into view and you get closer and closer to them. This is actually a fairly level trail; I was impressed at how easy it was (at least in the early parts of it that I was on).
|View of mountains as you get out of the trees on Upper Winner Creek Trail|
|An old bridge along the Winner Creek Trail|
|Impressive gorges with rushing water along the trail|
|A line for the hand tram|
|The new cross-country ski trails are impressive|
|I thought this was a road at first, until I came across the trailhead sign and saw it is a ski trail|
|Lots of construction at the ski trailhead|
|A stream diverted during construction|
|Quite an impressive culvert just for ski trails!|
|Lots of bridges along the Winner Creek Trail|