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Wenatchee Life

Tree Fruit with a View

Agricultural areas are not always known for their scenic beauty, but Wenatchee sure is. We are located at the confluence of Columbia and Wenatchee Rivers on the eastern rim of Washington’s Cascade Mountain Range.

If you like outdoor recreation like mountain biking, hiking, skiing, whitewater boating; look no further.



Central Washington’s Cascade Mountains are full of steep granite peaks jutting out of alpine lakes, making for incredible views that will make your friends and family back home beg to visit. Within a two hour or less radius of Wenatchee, there are more hikes than you can feasibly do in a lifetime.


photo: Colchuck Lake hike; trailhead is just a 1 hour drive from the TFREC. Not bad for an after-work hike.


photo: Chatter Creek to Ladies Pass hike; trailhead is a 1-hour drive from town.


photo: Spider Meadows hike; trailhead is a 1.5 hour drive from Wenatchee


No car? No problem. Wenatchee is surrounded by trails leading to cool rock formations.
photo: Jacobson Trail, walking distance from the TFREC.


Mountain Biking

Wenatchee is one of the best places in the country for mountain biking. But you do not have to be an expert, the Wenatchee bike trail builders have made trails for all skill levels from beginner to advanced.


photo: Molly biking on the Sage Hills trails during peak wildflowers – Wenatchee in the background. The trail is biking distance from the TFREC.



Wenatchee has such good skiing and it’s so close! Mission Ridge is the local ski resort and it is just 15 minutes outside of town. Within a 2 hour drive you can find a hanful of other resorts. If your more into backcountry or cross country skiing, the options are equally plentiful.

photo: Molly at Mission Ridge Ski Resort kickin’ it with Big Foot (so Washington)


photo: Cross country skiing in Leavenworth, WA – just 30 minutes from Wenatchee. Louie, Adrian Marshall (Postdoc) and Chris Strohm (Research Technician)
photo: Louie making a turn in the backcountry, Enchantments Range of the Cascades


River Sports

The Wenatchee River is a really great river for both whitewater boating (kayaking, rafting, etc.) or as the season goes on, a relaxing float.  The Columbia is large and with its many dams, behaves more like a lake and is used by motorized boaters for anything from salmon fishing to wake boarding. There is something for everyone!

Left photo: Eric Smith kayaking the classic Rodeo Hole near Cashmere. Right photo: Whitewater rafting group.


Wenatchee River near Leavenworth, WA

Rock Climbing

Yes yes, there is also world class rock climbing.

Vantage in the Columbia River George is about 45 min from town and offers incredible rock formations with a crazy view of the Columbia River.  Even if you’re not a climber you’ll love it!
If you prefer to be in mountains, the Icicle River Valley just outside of Leavenworth has some epic sport, trad and bouldering for all skill levels.