Wenatchee Crest Trail is a 6.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cashmere, Washington that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for snowshoeing and is best used from December until April. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length6.6 miElevation gain708 ftRoute typeOut & back
Kid friendlySnowshoeingDog friendlyForestViewsWildlifeSnow
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Be advised that you need a snow Park permit to park at the trailhead during winter months.

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Meg Funston
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The trail was gorgeous. Used micro spikes and brought snowshoes but never ended up needing the snowshoes. Saw a couple other people on the trail but there was plenty of space to be able to pass 6 feet away from each other. There wasn’t a final lookout point so we ended up hiking a little further to an area without trees and a view of the mountains. Lovely day for a hike!

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Rachel Henty
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HikingGreat!IcySnow

So nice up there today! Lots of parking. We left our snow shoes in the car and went up with just some traction. Lots of post-holing. The snow is melting fast! Only saw 2 other couples today. Plenty of space on the trail—seems like it’s a forest road when it’s not snowy. Tons of animal prints all over that definitely didn’t look like dogs.

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David Stark
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Snowshoeing

Great trail! Only minorly strenuous and not too busy even on a Saturday. Snowshoes are probably a bit overkill for this trail right now, microspikes were helpful. I'd recommend continuing on the trail to old pass hill if you want a better view and extra vert. However, snowshoes would be needed to climb the hill

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Tracy Cromwell
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HikingGreat!

Beautiful day for a beautiful trail! Incredible views. Never used our snowshoes but had spikes on. Visibility amazing. Only saw 4 other snowshoers and two cross country skiers over 6.5 miles.

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Amir Afrasiabi
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SnowshoeingGreat!

Beautiful snowshoeing site. Parking is small and you need to have the printed receipt visible. Easy to moderate snowshoeing with great sceneries. Be careful if you have smaller dog since the snow is very deep and at some areas very soft

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Susan Chen Jackson
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Sno-Park was full by 9:10 AM. Parked across the street. Used spikes, most of trail was compacted. Deep snow up to my thigh off trail.

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Mark Blair
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SnowshoeingFeeGreat!Snow

Beautiful morning to snowshoe. Trail was pretty compact for the about first 80% and the last 20% was moderately deep powder, fresh for us! Probably didn’t really need snowshoes for the first part but you definitely want them for the last part.

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Joseph Reardon
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HikingGreat!Snow

Purchased a sno-park pass today. Took my two boys out in the late afternoon. I did not need snow shoes and we only saw a few people. It was absolutely beautiful and we all had a blast.

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Marschel Paul
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Snowshoeing

I hiked, not snowshoed, this trail on Friday, 1/21. It was a sunny day there. The trail’s snow was densely packed and not icy so I think most people would be fine with hiking or snow boots until the weather changes things. I had snowshoes in the car but did not need them. I was delighted with the views of the cascade mountains that are continually hinted at but that are fully revealed intermittently along the way. Not too crowded on a weekday.

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Sorin Adamovici
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Very compact, did not need snowhoe.

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Michael Tavani
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Cole Williams
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didn't need snowshoes but make sure you have your permits and don't park in the grooming lane, we saw several cars with tickets

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Mariana S
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Snowshoeing

I had snowshoes on, but truly you can do it with regular shoes as the snow is super packed at the moment. Arrived around 9:30am on a holiday and there were still many spots on the sno park (full when I came back). Remember to buy your sno pass beforehand. This trail has beautiful views of the mountain range, enjoy!

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Tom La Bolle
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Jenn Stebbings
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SnowshoeingSnow

We arrived at the Sno-Park lot around 7:30am and were lucky we did as the parking lot was already full of snowmobilers. Weather was a mix of fog and sun which made for some truly beautiful vistas when the fog lifted just right. No real strenuous elevation changes but enough variety to keep it interesting. Trail is well-packed so snowshoes weren’t needed for about 75% of the trip. Since it is an out and back, you get to decide how far you want to go. We did just over 9 miles total. Pretty quiet day for wildlife but plenty of snowshoe hare tracks.

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Terry Kneblik
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SnowshoeingGreat!

Well-packed trail so it wasn’t a hard snowshoe trip. BEWARE OF PARKING! You will be ticketed and possibly towed if you park along Hwy. 97. The Sno-Park lot was overflowing at 10:00 am and there were at least 40 cars parked along the highway. I’ve never seen it like this before.

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Terry Kneblik
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Tad Raichart
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Great winter wonderland but due to the snow fall the scenic views were not visible.

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Patrick Roach
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Fiona Colquhoun
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HikingGreat!Snow

Great trail for our first time snow shoeing. Multiple overlooks with great mountain scenes. We took snow shoes but didn’t really need them if you stick to the trail. Hiking books would do as the trail is well maintained and easily walkable on packed snow.

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Sophie Mackey
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Ella Allgor
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SnowshoeingGreat!Snow

Really nice hike. Pretty snowy so we used snowshoes, saw many people with cross country skis as well. You could also probably get away with microspikes and we saw some groups doing that but if it snows more then snowshoes will be helpful. We got there about ten and lot was real okey empty but leaving it was quite full.

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Daniel Wright
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