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    Lake Wenatchee North Summer Route

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    3.4 km
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    22 m
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    Lake Wenatchee North Summer Route

    Lake Wenatchee State Park is a wonderful spot to spend a day or an afternoon, with boat launches, picnic spots, and a beautiful lake to see. Pack a picnic if you want to spend the day out, or use the park as a break on a long drive. The lake is usually warm enough for a swim in the summertime, so bring a bathing suit and take a dip if you fancy!

    This 3.4 km loop is moderately trafficked and rated as easy. There are no challenges to consider when it comes to navigation or the route itself. It’s great for little kids or older family members. There are other trails in the area if you want a longer walk, but we love this walk followed by a late afternoon swim and snack on the beach.

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    Route Description for Lake Wenatchee North Summer Route

    Lake Wenatchee State Park is the ideal spot for a day of summer fun. A picnic, a swim in the lake, a hike with family, the sunset painting the water- are you convinced yet? Make the most of the north end of the park with this quick, easy little hiking loop. The entire family should have no problem completing this hike. It’s flat, short, and offers great lake views. There’s one steep section on this hike but it’s very short-lived.

    This route is for summer hikes. The access requirements and recommendations for the park differ in the winter. The trail is well-groomed and kept in great condition.

    Begin from the parking area at the end of the road past the reservation office. Begin by heading right, which is the easier way to do the loop. If you want a touch of incline near the end, go left.

    Follow the North River Trail near the road for a few steps before turning to walk alongside the river.

    Walk against the river flow as the path approaches the lake. There are access trails if you want to get onto the riverbank directly. At the lake, the trail heads up to hug the shore, passing driftwood logs and makeshift lean-tos. Take your time inspecting the beach before turning right, away from the water.

    Take another right to approach the camping area again. Side note: you can book a spot ahead of time if you’re interested in staying a night or two up here.

    You’ll walk along the camping area’s upper edge back to where you began. Now, toss down your picnic blanket or get changed for a swim!

    Hiking Route Highlights

    Lake Wenatchee

    Lake Wenatchee is a glacier and snowmelt-fed lake in the Wenatchee National Forest. It hugs the eastern side of the Cascades. The lake itself is 2,480 acres and 74 m at its deepest point. It’s the site of a state park with camping, kayaking, and hiking, thus making it a popular destination for travellers and locals both in the warmer months and in the wintertime.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Is Lake Wenatchee good for swimming?

    The lake is wonderful to swim in. There is a beach on the south side of the park with a designated swimming area, but you can also swim in other parts of the lake.

    Can you boat on Lake Wenatchee?

    Yes. There is a boat launch on the lake and a dock. Boat rentals are available if desired.

    Do I need to book a campsite at Lake Wenatchee in advance?

    Advance bookings are strongly recommended.

    Insider Hints for Lake Wenatchee North Summer Route

    • Remember your Northwest Forest Pass or Discover Pass for this hike. In the winter, you’ll need a Sno-Park permit.
    • Rent a boat or bring a canoe or paddleboard if you want to enjoy the water!
    • There are free days in the state park if you want to enjoy its amenities without purchasing a pass.

    Getting to the Lake Wenatchee North Summer Route Trailhead

    The trailhead for the Lake Wenatchee North Summer Route is at the end of State Park Drive. There is parking here.

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      Lake Wenatchee North

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      Yes - On Leash

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