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Little Wenatchee Gorge Trail #1540

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 4.5 (2)

Short, fun trail with river access in places, to the Little Wenatchee River Gorge.


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Map Key

1.7

Miles

2.8

KM

Point to Point

2,470' 753 m

High

2,242' 683 m

Low

340' 104 m

Up

148' 45 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

24%

Max Grade (14°)

Dogs Leashed

Features River/Creek · Waterfall

Family Friendly Short, gently graded. Something fun to do when camping at Lake Creek Campground. Interesting gorge to see. River access at the beginning where the river is not in its gorge.

Description

The Little Wenatchee Gorge trailhead, marked by an obvious trail sign, is found at the back of Lake Creek Campground along Forest Service Road (FSR) 65. The trail starts by heading through the trees, straight to Little Wenatchee River, which is more of a creek than a river at this point. On a low bluff, overlooking the river, the trail then bends right/west-northwest to follow the river upstream along its forested banks.

Continuing up stream, the trail gently climbs with short, more obvious ups and downs in places. Sometimes the trail is right next to the river, and in other places it is off to the right/north away from the river in the beautiful fir forest. Although the trail is above the river for its entire length, the place where the river is in its gorge is from about the 1.1 mile mark to the 1.7 mile mark. Here the views of the river through the trees are more dramatic as it flows deep in its gorge below. There is a small waterfall on the south side if one looks carefully. A few overlooks along the gorge provide good viewing points.

At about the 1.7 mile mark the trail turns sharply to the right/northeast and heads uphill. Almost immediately a fire road style path is encountered. Go right/east here to come to where the trail exits onto FSR 65 a little over a mile west of Lake Creek Campground.

Flora & Fauna

Beautiful fir forest with lush undergrowth.

Contacts

Shared By:

Joan Pendleton

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  4.5 from 2 votes

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Little Wenatchee River in its gorge, seen from the north side of the river.
Jul 27, 2021 near Skykomish, WA
Little Wenatchee River slightly downstream from the gorge.
Jul 27, 2021 near Skykomish, WA
Little Wenatchee River in its gorge, is far below Little Wenatchee Gorge Trail.
Jul 27, 2021 near Skykomish, WA

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Jul 18, 2021
Joan Pendleton
Aug 21, 2019
Gary Ingram
Awesome views of the river as it cut through the colorful rocks of the gorge. The forest service rd is paved but rough in places.