Best Trails in Wenatchee National Forest

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on Polallie Ridge Trail
3 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
3 days ago

hiking

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

on Trap Lake Trail
4 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
6 days ago

backpacking

on Colchuck Lake Trail
6 days ago

on Lake Stuart Trail
6 days ago

on The Enchantments Trail
7 days ago

backpacking

best hike

on The Enchantments Trail
7 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...
9 days ago

backpacking

Great trip!

on Spectacle Lake
9 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
9 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!

on Little Kachess Trail
10 days ago

backpacking

The hike is gnarly at times. You have to climb some steep rocks and roots. Though totally doable with careful balance and two feet. Hands would give you extra support and balance. There were roughly somewhere between 2 dozen and fifty blow downs between the campground and mineral creek trail head. There are several campsites along the way commanding excellent views and offering exceptional privacy.

on Mineral Creek Trail
10 days ago

backpacking

The trail is overgrown. Bring rain gear so as not to get your clothes soaked. Waterproof pants are necessary if you don't want the water to seep into your boots getting your socks soggy. This is a much different type of hiking for Washington. Watch your footing as you make your way through all the brush. This is definitely a challenge of a trail. There are loads and loads of wild raspberries though!

on Rachel and Rampart Lakes ...
11 days ago

hiking

Hike from hell. This is an extremely strenuous hike. Keep in mind that you are basically climbing a mountain to get to the lake so if you are not prepared to do that, don't. The lake is nice but definitely not a worthwhile payoff for the torture you will endure to get there. My advice: go to Lake 22, more enjoyable hike and more beautiful lake.

on The Enchantments Trail
11 days ago

hiking

The most beautiful hike you'll ever do. Length varies from so many different reviews. Our hike yesterday was tracked at 27 miles. The first 20 miles are gorgeous, very scenic and entertaining. The last 7 miles, from snow lake, is like the never ending trail. It's hard to get through it mentally as you can't imagine it is so long back to the car. A must do hike, a bucket list check off.

on Colchuck Lake Trail
12 days ago

This trail kicked my butt...but...it was the most rewarding hike I've been on thus far. The lake is crystal clear (in July anyway...it was still basically frozen over in May). I dared to take a swim...it was ...refreshing lol...glacier lake and very cold...but you'll be sweating when you hit the top guaranteed. Pack a lunch and take in the breath taking view from this lake. It's my favorite. Next year I will be gambling my chances for getting a backpacking permit to camp out.