Lake Wenatchee Camping

We kicked summer off with camping at Lake Wenatchee. I’m currently infatuated with this area, and this portion of the Cascade Loop. I was born and raised in Washington State, but continue to find new areas to fall in love with.
We booked a site at Lake Wenatchee State Park a few months ago. We stayed in the North Campground. It’s farther away from the main beach, but removed from the crowds. There were two bathrooms on this side of the park, and a couple of playgrounds.
There a multiple trails that lead from the campsites to the lake. There is a Lake Trail Loop that follows the lake and the surrounding area for about 2.5 miles. We took our mountain bikes on it, but it would be an easy hike as well. Just take your bug spray with you. 🙂
Our big adventure for the weekend was biking the Wenactchee River Road Trail. We parked off an unmarked road  #7906, just before or after Tumwater Campground (depending on which direction you are coming from) on Highway 2. We followed the forest service road up a hill, and then down the hill through a house and barn. The road then forked, and we stayed to the right (following a homemade sign that said “river”). The road then became much less developed, and we continued down hill until we reached the end. It appeared that there was some logging activity in this area. The trail isn’t marked, but there was a single track dirt path that lead in the direction of the river. We followed along the trail for a while.
This was an awesome trail, and the scenery was beautiful. I really, really enjoyed this trail. I’m less experienced on single tracks, and I liked the challenge it.  Although the website classifies this an easy trail, I disagree. It wasn’t hard, but definitely isn’t a beginner trail. The website states that the trail is 8.5 miles roundtrip, and ends when you see a no trespassing sign. I did not see a sign, but the trail becomes an old road at some point. This road seemed to go on for a while, so we eventually turned around.
Just as we turned around my husband made a comment like “you know when we ride this far out, we really should be bringing spare tubes”. He left his in his car, and I didn’t even own one. Within a few minutes of turning around, I heard a “ssssss” and my tire was flat within seconds. I didn’t want to ruin my rim, so I hiked my bike out. Luckily I wasn’t in a hurry, and had plenty of water. Nonetheless, it was still frustrating. But it’s all about the adventure I guess.
We drove into Leavenworth to buy a new tube, and of course treat ourselves to a bratwurst. That weekend happened to have a German car show. We drove in sporting our 1999 worn out Jetta.
The next day we packed up and headed home. I was a great place to camp, and as I said above I love this part of Washington. Just make sure to bring your bug spray. Although it didn’t seem to help me, I ended up with over 25 mosquito bites.
Have you ever been to the Lake Wentachee area? What activities did you enjoy and what would you recommend?

2 thoughts on “Lake Wenatchee Camping

  1. Someday I’d like to camp at Lake Wenatchee SP, it seems like an easy place to plan a trip to since the campground is so large and you don’t have to worry too much about not getting a spot. Sorry about your flat tire! To answer your question at the end of your post, I would highly recommend the hike up the Dirty Face Peak trailhead as an early summer outing (now would be awfully hot to hike up there). Since you like that area so much, you might really enjoy the perspective of it from way up high.

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