Top Adventures in Chelan County

  • Hike to Saddle Rock

    Starting from the south end of Wenatchee, hike straight up the obvious wide trail to the south side of Saddle Rock. You'll wind around the iconic rock feature and approach it from the back. A short and steep hike will reward you with wide open v...

    2 miles 920 ft gain

  • Backpack Ancient Lakes

    On the hunt for a dry, scenic backpack during a weekend of dreary, wet, early September weather in the mountains, we decided to head toward the high desert outside of Quincy, WA. After a short hike in, we found a site seldom seen - waterfalls and ...

    4 miles

  • Hike Ancient Lakes

    All around you, waterfalls pour over cliffs as you gaze upon colorful lakes. If you're lucky, a coyote scampers by through a patch of wildflowers – it's just another beautiful day in the Ancient Lakes basin, a gem tucked along the Columbia River G...

    4 miles

  • Stroll through Ohme Garden

    This is a great place to take a stroll and stretch your legs. With waterfalls and other beautiful scenery, definitely make a stop here if you find yourself in the area. No pets allowed. 

  • Drive Up Burch Mountain

    At the north end of the Wenatchee Valley, drive up Burch Mountain Road until it turns into dirt. It is closed in the winter and early spring due to snow, so make sure it's open before you go. Once you start driving, the mountain is your playgrou...

  • Adventuring in the Frenchman Coulee

    Occupying a cluster of desert canyons and mesas perched atop the cliffs overlooking the eastern bank of the mighty Columbia River, the Frenchman Coulee is a rock climber’s paradise. Featuring dozens of world-class sport and trad routes, both singl...

  • Rock Climb 'The Sunshine Wall'

    I had never been outdoor rock climbing before, but when I heard my school was offering a trip out to Vantage, Washington over the weekend I couldn't pass up the opportunity!Vantage, Washington is smack in the middle of Washington's two largest cit...

    0.5 miles

  • Catch the Sunset at Wild Horse Monument

    If you're traveling along Hwy 90 in the middle of Washington State, the Wild Horse Monument is a fun and rather quick area to explore. Located 30 miles east of Ellensburg and 60 miles northwest of Yakima, the monument is located just across the Co...

    0.4 miles 150 ft gain

  • Backpack to Ingalls Creek

    As attempting to find a good overnight spot, I stumbled upon the mostly overlooked Ingalls Creek trail. Seemingly easy to get to, this seemed like a solid option for Spring camping. When we arrived, there were about four other cars in the parking ...

    11 miles 1450 ft gain

  • Hike Sauer’s Mountain

    Sauer’s Mountain is one of those well defined, moderate, and rewarding hikes that give you just the right amount of views for the effort, but the real treat is catching the wildflower bloom in mid-May. The trailhead is located on private property....

    6 miles 2000 ft gain

  • Lenore Lake Caves Hike

    Have you ever explored the ancient caves of the Washington Palouse? Just off of highway 17 near Coulee City the Lenore Lake Caves are a perfect day hike experience. These caves were formed when the area was flooded 12,000 years ago by melting ic...

  • Hike Manastash Ridge

    Manastash Ridge is a popular hike in Ellensburg, Washington, attracting many locals and students of Central Washington University. While attending school, I climbed the Ridge a handful of times, always with struggle. After making my resolution of ...

    4 miles 1700 ft gain

  • Nearby camping, hotels, and more

    • Cle Elum, Washington

      Mineral Springs Group

      Overview At an elevation of 2,500 feet, Mineral Springs Group Campground sits in the mountainous terrain of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest in northern Washington. Nearby peaks and old-gr...

    • Leavenworth, Washington

      Leavenworth / Pine Village KOA

    • Leavenworth, Washington

      LOGE Leavenworth

      Hostels starts at $55, hotel rooms start at $150 Your own private cabin with a river view, or bunk with all your friends (and meet new friends) in our co-ed community style hostel! Grassy lawn, fir...

      From $55/night

    • Ellensburg, Washington

      Ellensburg KOA

    • Entiat, Washington

      Pine Flats Group Campground

      Overview Pine Flats Group Campground is located next to the Mad River within the Pine Flats Campground, in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Entiat Ranger District. Visitors have easy access...

    • Leavenworth, Washington

      Eightmile Group Site

      Overview Nestled in a forest canopy of pine and fir on the banks of Icicle Creek, Eightmile Group Campground in Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest offers a peaceful setting for groups and large g...

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