Hike along the Wenatchee River Trail to see beautiful wildflowers

Day Hike Along the Wenatchee River Trail

By Bryan Carroll CFMP, NTP, FAFS

May 31, 2021




Our Rating

Highway 2 | Cole's Corner

11 miles, roundtrip

(This is from what we recorded on a Garmin Fenix 6x

Gain: 1049 ft.

Highest Point: 2056 ft.

Spring is the perfect time of year to see all the wildflowers blooming across the state of Washington. However, many people swarm to hike very specific areas that have a wide variety of wildflowers, which can take away from the feeling of "getting away" on your hikes.

The Wenatchee River Trail is a great location to see the wildflowers without seeing all the people. In fact, it is pretty quiet because it is not a well known location. Therefore, make sure to take great care of this area as it is one of the few places where you can find serenity!

Getting Started

A few miles after Cole's Corner, you want to keep your eyes open for a gated forest road, FS 7906. You will see a pullout area right next to the gate that you can park in, but there isn't much room for lots of vehicles.

Your hike will start along the forest road for about 1.7 miles. You'll eventually pop out into an open area with a couple beautiful farm homes. Make sure to keep to yourself and continue down the road until you reach a Y in the road, with a sign saying "River". Head Right towards the river.

This road eventually comes to an end where it becomes a trail that follows right alongside the river.

Following the Wenatchee River Trail

This trail will continue all the way to almost the River Road that connects to Plain. However, at the end there is a gate because it leads to private property, so you can't hike all the way through unless you had special permission.

That being said, there are branch off roads and trails from the Wenatchee River Trail that you can explore as well. One in particular will take you to the top of Natapoc Mountain.

Also keep an eye out for baby animals. We saw quite a few baby birds along the river, so it truly is a fun Spring hike!

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Practicing LNT Principles, and Giving Back

We really want to encourage everyone to practice LNT principles when they explore these beautiful places. We spent years trying to minimize social impact on these locations, but the cat is out of the bag and these places are easy to find online. So it is our mission to share more about ways to keep these places as pristine as possible.

We also donate 3% of all our profits to organizations supporting the outdoors and working hard to keep these areas protected and safe.

About the author

Bryan Carroll CFMP, NTP, FAFS

Bryan Carroll is a certified Functional Medicine Practitioner and Movement Therapist who helps the outdoors community to reduce injuries and improve their health so they can get back to exploring nature. His big health crisis from mold exposure taught him the importance of finding the root causes to illnesses so you can take back control of your life. He is also the host of the Summit For Wellness Podcast.

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