Wenatchee National Forest

Scenic Driving

Two dedicated scenic drives stand out. The Chiwawa Auto Tour (no, you won't be seeing a lot of rat-like dogs) explores a postcard-pretty area rich in wildlife and historical lore. Indians, miners, and cross-country skiers have left their mark here, now softened by time.

For those who want rugged, the Leavenworth Ranger District has some great canyons and other assorted rocky terrain. Icicle River is the big draw, for good reason. Imagine 20 miles of picturesque views of rock outcrops, jagged peaks, and a rushing, boulder-strewn river. But don't just pass by Chumstick-Sugarloaf, which runs north of Leavenworth through rolling hills and past picturesque cabins and farms.

There are approximately 5,000 miles of forest roads that provide access to campgrounds, trailheads, scenic vistas, woodcutting and berry picking areas, hunting areas, rockhounding areas, lakes, and streams. In the winter, snow-closed roads are used for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling.


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