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    Old Pipeline Bed Trail

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    Very Easy
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    3.9 km
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    26 m
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    The Old Pipeline Trail is a quick and easy nature walk suitable for the whole family. This Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest hike is 3.9 km long and requires almost no elevation gain. You can spot salmon in the river and enjoy the changing foliage through the seasons. It’s a calm place to be despite this being a more popular trail. Expect heavy traffic on this hike.

    This trail is a fun choice for photographers (especially in fall) and sunrise hikers. If you go a bit further past the end of the trail there’s a wonderful sunrise lookout. Dogs are allowed on this trail but have to be leashed.

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    Route Description for Old Pipeline Bed Trail

    Old Pipeline Bed Trail is an excellent choice for new hikers and families and those who just want to enjoy some time in nature without needing to expend much energy. It’s nearly flat, very easy to follow, and quite scenic. You’ll enjoy the flowing Wenatchee River and the salmon swimming within, the lush forest (which is especially impressive in the fall), and peekaboo views of mountains in the trees.

    This hike can get busy, so we recommend trying to arrive early to find parking and avoid some of the crowds. While the trail is easy, it’s not stroller-friendly. This trail is also not marked at all, but it’s generally not challenging to find the trailhead and complete the hike. If you’re concerned about going too far, download the GPS track ahead of time.

    Begin from the parking area and head up the river a few steps before crossing over on a cool bridge, which kids will likely love. On the west bank, you’ll stroll underneath the flanks of the mountains beside you and beside the water.

    About 1.2 km in, watch for a spur trail taking you down to the river. There are some sandy beach areas here you can use to skip rocks or let the dogs splash. The water is also normally warm enough for a swim if you happen to be here on a hot day.

    The trail ends about a mile and a half along the river. From here, turn around and retrace your steps, enjoying the fresh view on the other end. See what bird species you can spot in the trees or look for fish in the water as you return to where you began.

    Cross back over the bridge and then continue on to your next adventure.

    Insider Hints for Old Pipeline Bed Trail

    • Feeling strong? Bring a beach chair and a towel to spend some time on the river.
    • The water flow is generally slow enough here for people of all ages to enjoy a swim.
    • There can be small streams to cross after it rains, but they’re generally no problem.

    Getting to the Old Pipeline Bed Trail Trailhead

    The trailhead for Old Pipeline Bed Trail is off Highway 2.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground


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    • Pets allowed

      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly


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      Out and back

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