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Wenatchee National Forest

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USDA Forest Service
215 Melody Lane
Wenatchee, WA 98801



"Something for everyone" maybe the best way to describe what the 2.2 million acre WenatcheeNational Forest has to offer its visitors.

The Wenatchee Forest covers an area approximately40 miles wide and 140 miles in length, encompassing much of Chelan, Kittitas, and Yakima counties. It stretches from upper Lake Chelanon the north to the Yakama Indian Reservation on the south.

The vegetation varies with the elevation,from the sagebrush and pine covered slopes at 2,000 feet, to higherelevation areas with alpine fir and mountain huckleberry, to thecrest of the Cascade Mountain range at 8,000 feet and above wherevegetation is sparse.

Approximately 40 percent of the WenatcheeForest is designated as Wilderness in seven Wilderness Areas. Here, foot travelis the only method of transportation allowed, and the land ismanaged in such a way as to preserve its natural, primitive condition.

Wenatchee Forest campgrounds meet a varietyof camping needs. Over 100 campgrounds and picnic sites provideroom for a total of 13,000 people at any one time. Some campgroundshave sites designed for tent camping, for camper truck use, andfor use by those pulling a trailer. Other campgrounds have areasspecially designed for campers who bring their horses for trailriding. Still other areas have been developed with the trail bike enthusiast's camping needs in mind. Both single family and multi-family camping sites may be found.

In addition to camping variety, the Wenatchee Forest offers many other recreation opportunities. There are approximately 5,000 miles of forest roads which provide access to campgrounds,trailheads, scenic vistas, woodcutting and berry picking areas,hunting areas, rockhounding areas, lakes, and streams. In the winter, snow-covered roads are used for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling.

Trail users will find about 2,500 miles of recreation trails available for hiking, horse use, trail biking,and mountain pedal bike use. The winter months also bring opportunities for cross-country ski trips along developed, signed trail systems.Some trails are open to a variety of uses, while others are restrictedto non-motoroized use alone.

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Headquarters are located on Melody Lane, just off Highways2 and 97, at the north end of Wenatchee.

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