Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest encompasses a vast area from the border of Canada to the Goats Wilderness, 180-miles away, and it's known for having an incredibly diverse series of ecosystems due to its massive geographic range. One of its most notable places to explore is the Panorama of Enchantments, which features a stunning 120-degree panorama of prominent peaks and mountains that include Icicle Ridge, Dragontail Peak, Witches Tower, and eight others. While there, a trek up and down Aasgard Pass is a popular and challenging way to experience the rugged beauty of the Enchantments, and hikers are rewarded with spectacular vistas that overlook Colchuck Lake and the Snow Lakes from Little Annapurna. Okanogan-Wenatchee boasts a forest that has "something for everyone" due to its wide array of outdoor activities. Some of the adventurous activities that visitors can enjoy are hiking on over 1,300 miles of world-class trails, trekking through the backcountry, horseback riding, biking, rock climbing, hunting, fishing, and camping. Winter is also a fabulous time to experience Okanogan-Wenatchee via snowmobiling, downhill skiing, or cross-country excursions at ski resorts located in four different Ranger Districts.
On the Pipeline Bed Trail, you'll enjoy the relaxed pace of your hike as you take in beautiful vistas that feature a beach and a peaceful river. A cave can also be found along the trail if you're up for a slightly off-trail excursion. Expect a couple of creek crossings and steep drop-offs near the end of the trail.
Length: 2.4 miles
Check out the Icicle Ridge Trail for a day of adventure as you traverse several fairly steep switchbacks on your way to a summit that overlooks the town below and a picturesque river. The out and back trail is also horse and dog friendly, and it's great for mountain biking if you prefer riding rather than trekking.
Length: 5.5 miles
The Saddlerock Trail is a moderately challenging out-and-back trail with amazing views of the Wenatchee Valley and Mount Rainier, which is 65-miles away. The terrain on this trail varies from rocky to smooth with loose gravel. Make sure to wear boots with good grip, and be prepared to scramble to reach some areas. The Saddlerock Trail also offers access to numerous trails for extended hikes.
Length: 2.5 miles
The Maple Pass Trail is a popular loop hike that passes through densely wooded areas and features a scenic lake, river, and waterfalls. On this trek, you'll enjoy a challenging series of switchbacks, rocky terrain, and an abundance of wildlife and diverse flora. Some of the highlights along this trail include fantastic views of the Northern Cascades, Black Peak, and Lake Ann.
Length: 6.6 miles
The Hex Mountain Trail takes you on a rugged out-and-back hike through rocky terrain with rewarding lake views as you approach the trail's end. Along the trek, you'll see lush areas covered with wildflowers and stunning panoramic views from the peak. Expect a constant incline from start to finish and possible bear sightings.
Length: 7.2 miles
Head to White Pass Lake or Twisp River for a day of fishing, or hit the Dirtyface Peak Trail or Spectacle Lake to do a little bird-watching.
At night, check out the Paysayten Wilderness for an unforgettable stargazing experience. Billy Goat Mountain and Hart's Pass are more phenomenal places to enjoy the beauty of the heavens under a naturally dark sky.
Address: 215 Melody Lane, Wenatchee, WA 98801
Fee: Entry Fee (per vehicle, per day) $5
Fee: Annual Pass (per vehicle) $40
Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest invites you to soak up every ounce of fun and adventure on hundreds of trails and countless streams, rivers, and lakes. Throughout the forest, activities such as horseback riding, backpacking, hiking, biking, and camping are yours to enjoy as you take in the breathtaking scenery of the Cascade mountain range. For near or far forest excursions, an RV is the perfect way to explore this immense area at your leisure and create exciting lifelong road trip memories.