White River Trail is a 24 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Leavenworth, Washington that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from March until October.
Directions from Lake Wenatchee: Travel northwest on Forest Service Rd 6400 to White River Falls Campground. The trailhead lies just beyond.
White River and Indian Creek Trails: These two trails are tucked in a deep valley next to the White River as it rumbles foamy-white over the rocks and swirls in glacier green pools on its way to Lake Wenatchee. For the less adventuresome, or the less young and fit, the first few miles of this trail, paired with the Indian Creek Trail on the other side of the river, make up a great day hike. The White River Trail is on the far side of the river, accessible by a foot bridge, while the near side is the Indian Creek Trail. Just a few steps away from the parking lot one feels deep in the wilderness. We hiked up the White River Trail first and were about to turn back anyway, when a tumbling creek blocked the way for the less sure footed. In the summer of 2011 there were lots of wildflowers still in full bloom in late July. The drive up the river valley above Lake Wenatchee is a treat in itself, and the trails on either side of the river are gentle and beautiful. Someone still in their packing prime will have to review the trails beyond those first beautiful few miles, but I hope to return to enjoy these trails again some day.