The Okanogan and Wenatchee National Forests encompass more than four million acres in Washington State and stretch approximately 180 miles north to south from the Canadian border to the Goat Rocks Wilderness. The forest lies east of the Cascade Crest, which defines its western boundary; the eastern edge extends into the Okanogan highlands, continues south along the Okanogan and Columbia Rivers, and ends in the Yakima River Valley. Because of its wide geographic range, the forest is very diverse—from the high, glaciated alpine peaks along the Cascade Crest and numerous mountain ranges, through deep, lush valleys of old-growth forest, to the dry and rugged shrub-steppe country at its eastern edge. Precipitation varies widely, from more than 70 inches along the crest to less than ten inches at the eastern edge.

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Expert Review of Wenatchee National Forest

Parks and Outdoors Review of Wenatchee National Forest

Away Travel Expert: Jeremy Pataky
ParksExpert Rating 4.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Birding,Camping,Fly-Fishing,Horseback Riding,Scenic Drives,Sustainable Travel
Parks and OutdoorsExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • Pick up trail guides and hiking information at the ranger station just off of Highway 2 at 600 Sherbourne Street.
  • Hundreds of miles of trails fit for walking, hiking, and backpacking thread the woods and mountains around Leavenworth and vary in length and difficulty. Try Icicle Gorge Loop Trail, Icicle Gorge Upper Tie Trail, or Ski Hill Loop Trail.
  • Blackpine Campground, at the end of Icicle Road #7600, is the only undeveloped horse camp on the Leavenworth Ranger District, offering camping areas, hitching rails, restrooms, drinking water, fire pits, parking for stock trailers, and fishing.

215 Melody La.
Wenatchee, Washington 98801

Visitor Information

Telephone Number: 509-664-9200
Fax: 509-664-9280
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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