Hiking & Trail Running

The 2,500 miles of recreational trails in the Wenatchee National Forest ought to keep you busy for a while. Many of the National Forest trails allow use by mountain bikes or horses. You’ll also find miles and miles of single-track networking through the hills around Wenatchee . For more information on hiking and mountain biking in the Wenatchee Valley call (800) 572-7753.

The 2.2 million acre Wenatchee National Forest extends about 135 miles along the East Side of the Cascade Mountains. This National Forest is most noted for its wide range of recreational opportunities.

www.fs.fed.us/r6/wenatchee is the most extensive site to help you plan your unforgettable trip to the great outdoors.

WenatcheeOutdoors.org is THE “go to” source for information about our outdoor assets within an hour’s drive of Wenatchee including:

  • dog friendly,
  • family friendly and
  • handicap accessible.
  • Activities included: Mountain Biking, Road Biking, Climbing both mountaineering and rock, Hiking and Backpacking, Paddling both flatwater and whitewater, skiing both Nordic and Alpine as well snowshoeing and trail running.


Once a pear orchard belonging to the Horan family at the confluence of the Wenatchee and Columbia rivers, this 100-acre parcel has been converted into a manmade wetlands preserve. Eagles, Owls, Herons and Kingfishers make this bird-watchers’ paradise. Otters play in the waters visible from several of the 15 viewing stations dotting the two miles of gravel trail winding through cottonwoods and willows.

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The foothills to the west of Wenatchee are a natural treasure, ideal for wildlife viewing and recreation. Chelan~Douglas Land Trust is leading a strong effort to make sure that visitors and local people can enjoy the Wenatchee Foothills far into the future. The focal point of this effort is the Wenatchee Foothills Trail, a path that would link Saddlerock, Castle Rock, and the Sage Hills Trails. Informal trails already exist in these areas, but we are working to develop a formal trail with convenient and attractive parking areas. In recent years, development has threatened or eliminated access to areas in the foothills that local people have enjoyed for decades. We are fortunate to have large areas of public land in the foothills and private landowners who are wiling to let people cross their land. It would be shortsighted to not maintain access to these areas for future generations.

A new Foothills Trail map is now available. Contact the Land Trust at (509) 667-9708 for a full size 11″ x 17″ map, or click here to download a smaller version of the Foothills Trail map.