The Wenatchee area boasts a wide variety of outdoor activities year around. Hikers, walkers, bikers and cyclists enjoy the Apple Capital Loop Trail. This 11 mile paved trail runs along the Columbia River and is easily accessed from downtown Wenatchee. The Horan Natural Area is a 100 acre area converted to manmade wetlands. Set at the confluence of the Columbia and Wenatchee Rivers, this area is the perfect spot for birders-watchers. The Wenatchee Forest includes 2.2 million acres and offers opportunities for mountain biking, rock climbing, hiking, backpacking, paddling and show shoeing. This wilderness area offer spots that are pet friendly, family friendly and handicapped accessible.
In winter, head to Mission Ridge, just 12 miles from Wenatchee for downhill skiing. Mission Ridge includes over 2000 acres and offers lots of sunshine, great powder and spectacular views. You will also find opportunities for snowboarding, cross country skiing, tubing and snowmobiling in the areas surrounding the Wenatchee Valley.
The Columbia River is lined with dams for hydro-electric power. Visit Rocky Reach Dam and Museum. Learn more about the construction and maintenance of the dam, have lunch and enjoy the views. The dam also has viewing windows to the fish ladders. Here you can watch Steelhead and Salmon heading upstream in the fall.
For a luxurious stay on the riverfront, visit Warm Spring Inn & Winery. The upscale inn is located between Wenatchee and Leavenworth. Enjoy wines created from their own family vineyard, Brender Canyon Farm.
Festivals and Events in Wenatchee
Wenatchee WA, known as the Apple Capital of the World, celebrates with the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival each April/May. The festival extends from the last weekend in April through the first weekend in May. Enjoy great food, local arts and crafts and a wide variety of entertainment and activities. Listed as the oldest major fair in Washington state, activities include the Classy Chassis Car Show, parades and a golf tournament. This celebration showcases the bounty and talent of the Wenatchee valley.
Other local events include The Chelan County Fair, held the first weekend of September, includes lots of western fun. Watch local cowboys compete and perform in the rodeo. Enjoy lots of rides, great food and local fun. Enjoy music in June at the Wenatchee River Bluegrass Festival. This is the longest running bluegrass festival in eastern Washington and includes national, regional and local talent.
Weather in Wenatchee Washington and Getting There
Wenatchee enjoys four distinct seasons. High temperatures in the winter are in the mid 30s with some snow. In the summer, highs can reach the mid 80s with lots of sun.
Wenatchee is a scenic 3 hour drive from Seattle over I-90 and the Cascade Mountains. Take US Route 97 north over Blewett Pass. This is a beautiful drive, any time of the year, but check WSDOT Pass Reports in winter.