Blue skies abound, and as you feel the warmth of the sun on your face, you revel in the joy that spring has finally arrived. With hundreds of trails to explore, we’ve found there’s something for everyone when hiking in Washington’s Playground. Whether you’re looking for an easy loop close to town or want a challenging 13 mile trek through the mountains, we’ve got you covered. No better way to kick off the spring than with a #NewView!
Our favorite Bavarian town offers some of the best hiking and biking trails in the Pacific Northwest. Check out some of the local’s favorite routes below!
This simple trail is for anyone in search of a moment of peace and tranquility. Leisurely stroll alongside a babbling creek and under a canopy quilt of Douglas Fir and Ponderosa Pine to stop for lunch by the water. You can follow this trail for as long or as short as you like!
Icicle Gorge Nature Trail
This 3.5 mile loop trail features a delightful waterfall, and is the perfect choice for all skill levels. Enjoy strolling along the banks of the Icicle River without a significant elevation gain. This family-friendly hike will provide butterflies, chipmunks and bridges – ideal for outdoor learning and “school in real life” opportunities!
Dirty Face Peak
Looking for a real challenge? Look no further. This 9.5 mile trail provides beautiful views of Lake Wenatchee and the surrounding peaks. You’ll gain 4,000 ft in 4 miles, so bring lots of water and sunscreen!
Enjoy 2,500 miles of recreational trails in the Wenatchee National Forest ranging from quick 1 mile walks to 12 mile hikes. Here’s a few of our favorites:
This Wenatchee landmark is both scenic and minutes from town, offering a 2 to 3.5 mile round trip hike. A great option for a quick, relatively steep trail filled with beautiful wild flowers, 360 degree views, and endless rolling hills.
If you love sunflowers in the spring, you’ll love this 12.1 mile trek through the hills in Wenatchee. Walk in the high desert before encountering gorgeous Pacific Northwest trees. Only have time for a quick walk? There’s a plethora of options for smaller and moderate trails, perfect for all types of explorers.
Hiking in the Lake Chelan Valley is an adventurer’s dream. 250 miles of trails and fourteen major trailheads offer short day hikes as well as overnight trips. Explore pristine alpine lakes and waterfalls unlike anything you’ve ever experienced.
This 2.3 mile loop begins at the Lake Chelan State Park, and is great for kids. Pack a picnic and eat lunch at one of the many picnic tables, spot the various animal tracks, take in the endless lake views, and play in the creeks for a relaxing break!
Get ready for a sweaty workout on this strenuous 9.5 mile hike! Pot Peak is for experienced, motivated hikers. You’ll reach the top of the peak after 4 miles and a very steep climb. But don’t worry, the views of Lake Chelan are absolutely worth it.
Enjoy nearly 25 miles of trails, designed for Nordic skiing and snowshoeing in the winter, and hiking and mountain biking spring through fall. Most trails are suitable for all ages, and others are for a more advanced hiker. Views abound.
Wherever you choose to explore, remember to bring water, comfortable shoes, and an adventurous spirit. We hope to see you soon in Washington’s Playground!