Explore the most popular hiking trails near Wenatchee with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

It had steep trails and was primarily shaded. The steep hike was worth it once we reached the lakes.

15 days ago

Honestly this trail is so easy. But I work out and I hike. If you don’t work out it might be moderate. The last scramble to the top of the rock might be a little tough but that’s it. The view is nice. But I would not consider this to be a “hike” more of a leisure inclined walk I guess

hiking
18 days ago

its pretty at the top

Great hike! Beautiful views of the Columbia river. Not to hard but will definitely get your heart rate going! My 6 year old and I make it to the top every time! We love it as a weekly hiking route!

trail running
1 month ago

Fantastic and steep trail. Was a quick run. Highlight was definitely jumping in the lake as a reward!

trail running
1 month ago

Easy at the bottom, challenging if you continue to the VERY top! The view of our valley is a huge reward

Largest earthen structure in WA state! Cool mining story and a must see trail!

trail running
1 month ago

LOVE this trail. You get a variety of terrain and views to drink in!

trail running
1 month ago

Gorgeous trail. You get steep rock climbing, meadows, fields, desert and the best part was 6 huge bucks in velvet at the top!

hiking
1 month ago

Nice hike. you can continue to explore on which I believe connects you to the beehive trail.

honestly I give this hike a 5 star rating. I do agree that it ducks about the mosquitoes but it's nature! what do you expect? easy hike for anyone no matter the hiking experience in my opinion. beautiful view of the lakes. I went about two weeks ago on the 24th and the weather was just perfect. definitely recommend this if you want a nice easy hike. Little steep at the beginning but it does get a bit better.

1 month ago

Nice hike though quite steep in some areas. Excellent bathroom situation at the trailhead. Also there is a convenient drinking fountain to collect water.

I took my daughter and two of her friends (inexperienced backpackers) as well as two dogs. The hike in was very nice. The lake(s) are very beautiful. The campsite is nice as it overlooks the lake. We say a couple of people on day hikes, but otherwise we had the run of the place. I can't say enough how thick the mosquitoes were. They did go away after the sun went down, but otherwise they were thick and aggressive. Sometimes I would get a mouth full of them. I found myself covered in spray as well as layered up with anything that covered skin. I would give it 5 stars but for the bugs.

We were in and out in 2 hours. Pretty steep going up. Nice view at the lakes. Major down side... the mosquitoes!

Great short evening hike! It is also a great jumping off place to more intense hikes!

Take BUG SPRAY!!

Hard hike, but worth the trip. Lakes are crystal clear! Don’t forget you bug spray, mosquitoes were thick!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful view at the top!

Easy to get to and clear signage on the trail. The first mile is fairly steep with switchbacks but the trail is clear of debris and shaded by tall conifers. Both lakes are full and beautiful in color (take bug spray!). A good summer hike but I definitely want to go again during the fall while the larches are changing. Lots of people were camping, fishing, and day hiking with or without children and dogs. A good family hike!

Was a fun hike and very refreshing when you get to the lake. Beautiful!

Lake cara is bigger than lake Marion. Camped out for a day with about 8 other friends. If you’re planning on camping out make sure to take a blanket and a sleeping bag. Around this time it’s quite cold at night and the wind is a bit nippy. We did leave a bunch of gathered wood next to the campfire rocks on the northeast side of the lake.

2 months ago

We took our 2 dogs up there today and it was perfect! It was a beautiful day and a lot of fun. The trail was nice as well. Not too easy, not too hard. Will definitely go back again!

backpacking
2 months ago

Awesome hike, beautiful lake Clara makes the hike worth it. Perfect weather with light rain. Very popular trail, expect to see several people along the way.

good trail hike

hiking
2 months ago

... short hike and fully exposed but the incredible views of the Columbia River and a sprinkling of interesting rock outcrops , combined with several trails branching off to explore makes this a very worthwhile visit.

2 months ago

To the guy with the Prius getting stuck, the directions are correct, you do need a car with good ground clearance. At least a Forester I’d say.

hiking
2 months ago

Great views. Flora was still evident. Cool pleasant day. Hiking party of 6.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked this on Memorial Day ‘18...

A bit of a strenuous hike for two not-that-in-shape people, but we took our time & rested as needed. Well worth it when you reach the top & have an almost 360 view w/ Mt. Rainier in sight on a clear day. It was beautiful!

Driving to the parking lot to reach the trailhead was a bit tricky in our Mazda CX-9, as the last section of road consists of jagged little rocks & we were a bit nervous that we’d puncture a tire. We had a little trouble finding the correct trail at first, & knowing which ways to turn along the way in order to stay on the correct trail. But thankfully I had someone else’s recording pulled up on my phone (while recording myself), so we could refer to that whenever we weren’t sure.

On the way down we encountered a fairly large rattlesnake in the brush right along side the trail. Keep an eye out!

This trail is great for an early spring, lung expanding cardio workout, especially when you have been limited to the gym and machines all winter. It’s the path least traveled so going at your own speed will not be a problem.

hiking
2 months ago

Very short hike parts are steep but for the most part it's pretty easy. The view at the top is wonderful and because the hike doesnt take long you can do the others near by on the same day.

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