Best Trails in Wenatchee National Forest

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Wenatchee National Forest is a U.S. National Forest located in Washington. With an area of 1,735,394 acres (2,711.55 sq mi, or 7,022.89 km²), it extends about 137 miles along the eastern slopes of the Cascade Range of Washington, USA from Okanogan National Forest to Gifford Pinchot National Forest. The forest is located in Chelan, Kittitas and Yakima counties.

on Rachel and Rampart Lakes ...
1 day ago

backpacking

First half was pretty easy going. Not too busy going up on a Sunday morning, but lots of people coming down. Quite steep for the second half to Rachel Lake. We stopped at Rachel Lakes and had lunch for a few minutes. A few brave souls were swimming, and there appeared to be some nice camping spots off to the left. Had read a few reviews about bugs, so we put on our bug repellent bracelets (genius) and headed up the trail to Rampart. Very steep, especially for two rusty backpackers, but took it at a leisurely pace and was fine. Enjoyed beautiful views looking back down to Rachel Lake.

We did not pick up a trail map but sure wish we had! There are tons of trails up on the ridge, and even though we had read through the hike descriptions many times, we still went down a few trails that led to dried up lakes. Meandered around a bit and found the bigger lakes. Found a perfect jetty between two lakes and had the place to ourselves. Mosquitos weren't too bad (2 bites on me, 6 on hubby)but the wind overnight was fierce! Like, pull the tent fly off fierce.

In the morning, we were kicking ourselves again for not having a map. Added about a mile following smaller trails to get us back to the main trail down. Round trip was 11 miles, including probably 1.5 miles of following trails up at Rampart. Was a beautiful trail and amazing views along the way.

on The Enchantments Trail
3 days ago

backpacking

Amazing!

on Mount Stuart
3 days ago

backpacking

This is a tough hike but awesome. We never made it to the actual summit due to some snow and water being in the way. But just the view from false summit is worth the climb. Be sure to do your homework before hiking this, there are a couple different routes but if you don't know where you are going you can get stuck in a bad spot easily. Only do this if you are physically conditioned and experienced.
There are really awesome camping spots along Ingalls creek and the creek had plenty of water for us to use.
8/26/2016

on Polallie Ridge Trail
6 days ago

hiking

We loved the trail! We found the trailhead however only by accident... Lake Diamond was great, the ascent to it quite strenous. Way down was slippery- we both bend our ankles two times, though we had right equipment and are experienced. Would recommend this trail only to experienced hikers with a good condition and high hiking boots. Our systems showed 20k and a little over 1,000 altitude meters.

on Skyline Lake Trail
6 days ago

hiking

It's a steep dirt road. Not very scenic. The lake at the end is cute.

on Trap Lake Trail
7 days ago

hiking

Nice lake below Trap Pass. If approaching from Hope Lake, the PCT is fairly gradual most of the way.

on Manastash Lake Trail
8 days ago

backpacking

on Colchuck Lake Trail
9 days ago

on Lake Stuart Trail
9 days ago

on The Enchantments Trail
9 days ago

backpacking

best hike

on The Enchantments Trail
9 days ago

hiking

One of the most magical hikes you will ever get to do. Go early so you have the opportunity to enjoy all the mesmerizing views you will have along the way. I did the full 28 mile loop. Assgard pass is tough but not impossible if you take your time and enjoy the backdrops. The best advise I can give you is taking a water filter as there is no need to carry water and also a good battery charger for your phone as you'll be taking plenty of pictures!!

on Pacific Crest Trail: Stev...
11 days ago

backpacking

Great trip!

on Spectacle Lake
12 days ago

Wow-amazing hike!!! My one and only complaint was that we did not camp up at Spectacle (we camped at Pete's Lake) because there were (and I quote) "100 people camping and partying up there!"
The lakes were beautiful! The hike was a butt-kicker! The river was tough to cross...slippery rocks and fast moving water. All worth it!!

on Lake Minotaur Trail
12 days ago

hiking

This is now one of my favorite trails in the pacific north west. Don't be fooled by the distance, the elevation gain is far from easy but once it flattens out at the meadows it is extremely rewarding. It took us a little over an hour to get to the lake and about 45 minutes to get down. Make sure you find the rocks to jump off and refresh. Enjoy!