Wenatchee National Forest in Washington

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Wenatchee National Forest

Encompassing the Columbia Valley, Cascade Mountains, and surrounding towns, Washington’s Wenatchee National Forest is home to some of the most beautiful terrain and flora in Washington, simply waiting for you to get out and explore it.

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  • Bundle up in your warmest winter gear and set out to find the perfect Charlie Brown Christmas Tree. 
  • Hike to beautiful views of the Columbia Valley on one of the local hikes. 
  • Escape the summer heat with a camping trip to enjoy the glacial lakes and running rivers.

What can I see and do at the Wenatchee National Forest? 

  • Trails: Explore the local Chelan and Columbia Valley by embarking on one of these Wenatchee National Forest trails. Domke Lake Trail has good views of Lake Chelan and is 6 miles long. Lower Railroad Creek #1240 follows an old railroad track and is 10 miles long. Prince Creek Trail #1255 can either be a short daytrip or turned into a multi-day backpacking hike. 
  • Campgrounds: Wenatchee National Forest Washington campgrounds in the Columbia Valley include Pine Flats, Fox Creek, Eightmile, Lake Creek, Silver Falls, Spruce Grove and Glacier View. Many of these campgrounds close during the winter months. 
  • Christmas Trees: A fun wintertime activity to take part in is Christmas Tree hunting. Get bundled up and tramp into the forest to find your perfect holiday tree. Permits to chop down a Christmas Tree are $5. For more information on removal and rules please inquire at the district office.

Where is the Wenatchee National Forest?

The Wenatchee National Forest WA expands over 4 million acres along the eastern slop of the Cascade Range. The Columbia Valley, Cascade Mountain Range, and local towns such as Leavenworth, Chelan, and Wenatchee are all included in this national forest.

How much does visiting the Wenatchee National Forest cost?

To visit the Wenatchee National Forest you will need a discover pass, which costs $10 for a day pass. These can be purchased at the campgrounds or at the district office.

Who can I call if I have more questions?

For more information please call the Wenatchee River Ranger District at (509) 548-2550.