Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest

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Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest

Leave the world behind and explore this immense forest reserve, which is carved by pristine rivers and speckled with alpine lakes and rugged peaks.

The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest is comprised of over 4 million acres (1.6 million hectares) of pristine woodland across the eastern foothills of Washington’s Cascade Range. Bordered to the north by British Columbia, this vast tract of protected forest extends south toward the Stehekin and Lake Chelan valleys and incorporates varied terrain. Explore a network of hiking and biking trails or tackle wild rivers on a rafting adventure. Take advantage of the national forest’s collection of wheelchair-accessible lookouts.

Start your trip to the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest with a visit to the Omak Visitor Center. Chat with staff or speak with the on-site ranger to learn about what you can do during your visit.

Choose from a range of hiking trails, which include easy day walks and challenging multiday hikes. The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest has 8 miles (13 kilometers) of barrier-free trails and 1,285 miles (2,068 kilometers) of wilderness tracks. Popular trails include Boulder Trail, Echo Ridge and the Icicle Gorge Loop. Check out beautiful Rainy Lake or hike through the canyon that emerges out of Boulder Cave. In winter, traverse some of these trails with your snowshoes or cross-country skis.

Some trails are accessible by wheelchair, ensuring easy use by visitors of all abilities. Visit the Washington Pass Observation Site to look out toward Liberty Bell Mountain, Early Winters Spires and Kangaroo Ridge. Ride through the forest on horseback or pick up the pace on a mountain bike. Rock climbing, fishing and gem-hunting are also popular activities in the forest.

Stay overnight in the pristine environment by bunking in a cabin, pitching a tent or parking your RV. Select from more than 150 campgrounds and picnic areas spread across the national forest. The Black Pine Lake campgrounds include access to a boat launch and floating docks.

There are ranger districts in Chelan, Cle Elum, Entiat, Winthrop, Naches, Tonasket and Leavenworth. The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Headquarters is in Wenatchee and the visitor center is in Omak. Some sites are accessible only with a permit or by paying a fee. Check with your closest ranger office to find out more.

Top Hotels Close to Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest

Der Tree Haus
Der Tree Haus
3.5 out of 5
23300 Lake Wenatchee Hwy, Leavenworth, WA
Situated in Leavenworth, this vacation home is 4 mi (6.5 km) from Lake Wenatchee State Park and within 12 mi (20 km) of Kahler Glen Golf & Ski Resort and Plain ...
5/5 Exceptional! (5 reviews)
Cozy cabin for family of 5 with dogs
"We really loved staying at Der Tree Haus and would love to stay there again. It was a cozy cabin with all the amenities you’d expect for a cabin in the woods. It was close to the road but very few cars on the road. Close to Downtown Leavenworth. I wish the beds were a little more comfortable but ..."

Reviewed on Dec 12, 2017

Der Tree Haus
Der Tree Haus-Rustic Retreat. Hot Tub, WIFI, Fido OK, close to hiking
Der Tree Haus-Rustic Retreat. Hot Tub, WIFI, Fido OK, close to hiking
Leavenworth, WA
Situated in a rural location, this romantic cabin is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest and 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Lake Wenatchee. Cascade ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (24 reviews)
A true cabin in the woods
"Wonderful property - easy to get to but secluded and private. Though it is right on the highway, there are so few cars that you don’t notice it, not even when you are using the hot tub. 10 minutes from excellent Nordic skiing, and about 35 minutes from Steven’s. Well-appointed, clean, the wood-burning ..."

Reviewed on Jan 13, 2022

Der Tree Haus-Rustic Retreat. Hot Tub, WIFI, Fido OK, close to hiking
Gorgeous chalet with lake & forest views, private hot tub! Dogs ok!
Gorgeous chalet with lake & forest views, private hot tub! Dogs ok!
Leavenworth, WA
Situated on a lake, this cabin is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest and 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Lake Wenatchee. Cascade Range and Dirty Face ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (34 reviews)
Great Weekend
"Perfect for a weekend getaway and relaxing."

Reviewed on Dec 27, 2021

Gorgeous chalet with lake & forest views, private hot tub! Dogs ok!
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Best Lodging Options Near Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest

Der Tree Haus
Der Tree Haus
3.5 out of 5
23300 Lake Wenatchee Hwy, Leavenworth, WA
Der Tree Haus
Der Tree Haus-Rustic Retreat. Hot Tub, WIFI, Fido OK, close to hiking
Der Tree Haus-Rustic Retreat. Hot Tub, WIFI, Fido OK, close to hiking
Leavenworth, WA
Der Tree Haus-Rustic Retreat. Hot Tub, WIFI, Fido OK, close to hiking
Gorgeous chalet with lake & forest views, private hot tub! Dogs ok!
Gorgeous chalet with lake & forest views, private hot tub! Dogs ok!
Leavenworth, WA
Gorgeous chalet with lake & forest views, private hot tub! Dogs ok!
All About the Lake
All About the Lake
3.5 out of 5
17885 North Shore Road, Leavenworth, WA
All About the Lake
Lazy Bear Lodge
Lazy Bear Lodge
3.5 out of 5
17845 North Shore Drive, Leavenworth, WA
Lazy Bear Lodge
New listing! Newly-Built, Dog-Friendly Home w/Private Hot Tub, Views, Free WiFi
New listing! Newly-Built, Dog-Friendly Home w/Private Hot Tub, Views, Free WiFi
Leavenworth, WA
New listing! Newly-Built, Dog-Friendly Home w/Private Hot Tub, Views, Free WiFi
Cozy, dog-friendly cabin w/ a great deck, partial lake views, & beach access
Cozy, dog-friendly cabin w/ a great deck, partial lake views, & beach access
Leavenworth, WA
Cozy, dog-friendly cabin w/ a great deck, partial lake views, & beach access
Two-story log home w/loft, lake views, wood stove, furnished deck - Beach access
Two-story log home w/loft, lake views, wood stove, furnished deck - Beach access
Leavenworth, WA
Two-story log home w/loft, lake views, wood stove, furnished deck - Beach access
Lazy Bear Lodge ON Lake Wenatchee, Hot Tub, Dock, WIFI, and more
Lazy Bear Lodge ON Lake Wenatchee, Hot Tub, Dock, WIFI, and more
Leavenworth, WA
Lazy Bear Lodge ON Lake Wenatchee, Hot Tub, Dock, WIFI, and more
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.