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Chelan Ranger District- Located in the northeast region of the Wenatchee National Forest, the Chelan Ranger District offers unique recreational opportunities on Lake Chelan and a bounty of trails in the surrounding area.
Cle Elum Ranger District- The Cle Elum Ranger District is located in the midsection of the Wenatchee National Forest and encompasses Keechelus, Kachess, and Cle Elum Lakes.
Entiat Ranger District- This narrow stretch of the Wenatchee National Forest reaches from the Chelan Mountains to Lake Entiat and bridges the gap between Lake Chelan and the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area.
Lake Wenatchee Ranger District- Located in the northern portion of the Wenatchee National Forest, this ranger district is centered on Lake Wenatchee and offers access to three different Wilderness Areas: Alpine Lakes, Glacier Peak, and Henry M. Jackson.
Leavenworth Ranger District- Leavenworth is a scenic district which offers diverse and attractive recreational opportunities.
Naches Ranger District- This, the southern most ranger district in the Wenatchee National Forest, offers backcountry recreation in the William O. Douglas and Goat Rocks Wilderness Areas and water recreation in and around Rimrock and Clear Lakes.

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Description - "Something for everyone" may be the best way to describe what the 2.2 million acre Wenatchee National Forest has to offer its visitors.

The Wenatchee Forest covers an area approximately 40 miles wide and 140 miles in length, encompassing much of Chelan, Kittitas, and Yakima counties. It stretches from upper Lake Chelan on the north to the Yakima Indian Reservation on the south.

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

Approximately 40 percent of the Wenatchee Forest is designated as Wilderness in seven Wilderness Areas: Lake Chelan-Sawtooth, Glacier Peak, Henry M. Jackson, Alpine Lakes, William O. Douglas, Norse Peak, and Goat Rocks. Here, foot travel is the only method of transportation allowed, and the land is managed in such a way as to preserve its natural, primitive condition. There are no developments or roads in Wilderness

The remaining 60 percent of the Forest is managed to provide multiple uses to its public owners. On these lands, activities such as timber harvest, livestock grazing, road building, woodcutting, developed camping, and off-road vehicles are common.

Attractions - The Wenatchee National Forest covers 2.2 million acres. The vegetation varies with the elevation, from the sagebrush and pine covered slopes at 2,000 feet, to higher elevation areas with alpine fir and mountain huckleberry, to the crest of the Cascade Mountain range at 8,000 feet and above where vegetation is sparse.

Approximately 40 percent of the Wenatchee Forest is designated as Wilderness in seven Wilderness Areas: Lake Chelan-Sawtooth, Glacier Peak, Henry M. Jackson, Alpine Lakes, William O. Douglas, Norse Peak, and Goat Rocks.

Recreation - The Wenatchee is noted for its wide range of recreation opportunities. Wenatchee Forest campgrounds meet a variety of camping needs. There are over 100 campgrounds, for tent or RV camping. Some are specially designed for campers who bring their horses for trail riding and other areas have been developed with the trail bike enthusiasts camping needs in mind. Single family, multifamily and group camping sites may be found. Most campgrounds are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and charge camping fees.

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.

Climate - Moderate daytime temperatures and cool nights characterize the climate during the summer; during the winter, subzero night time temperatures are not unusual, but days are frequently sunny.

Location - The Wenatchee National Forest extends about 135 miles along the east side of the crest of the Cascade Mountains in Washington State. It stretches from upper Lake Chelan on the north to the Yakima Indian Reservation on the south. The Forest Headquarters is located in Wenatchee, Washington, with District Offices in Chelen, Cle Elum, Entiat, Leavenworth and Naches.


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Contact Information:
Wenatchee National Forest, 215 Melody Lane , Wenatchee, WA, 98801, Phone: 509-662-4335

Additional Information:
Cle Elum Lake - Cle Elum Lake, located northwest of Ellensburg, features species of lake trout, kokanee, and rainbow trout.
North Cascades - The North Cascade Range is a towering mass of granite spires and prehistoric glaciers. Amid these jagged peaks, you can walk in the quiet of ancient forests, swim in seas of wildflower and peer into the glass of alpine lakes. This is sacred country for casual hikers and extreme mountaineers alike.
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Washington National Forests and Parks - Washington has an abundance of National Forests. There are six national forests within the state.

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Wenatchee National Forest - Official agency website.

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