Guidebook

River Relaxin’

It took me twelve years, but I finally experienced the requisite summer activity for this valley: I floated the river. There are a lot of floating options in the Leavenworth area and I have wanted to partak... Read More...

Spider Meadows

by Sarah Shaffer The view from the base of the meadows looking up toward Spider Gap. Picture by Sarah Shaffer. The fun fluff balls of the sub-alpine. Picture by Sarah Shaffer. Spider Meadows had be... Read More...

Ellensburg Round Trip

by Ray Birks As tailwinds go, usually if you get a nice one you tend to pay for it later. Most often Karma seems to be in cahoots with Mother Nature, evening things out to keep you humble. But sometimes the sh... Read More...

Lion Rock

by Ray Birks The ride to Lion Rock is a great adventure for intermediate riders or beginner riders that don’t mind some climbing and rocky roads. It delivers staggering views of the Kittitas Valley, the Enchan... Read More...

Chiwawa River (Lower)

An unexpected crack in the family schedule springs me free for the afternoon. The Chiwawa River is running at 1,400 cfs (an excellent level), and I find a paddling partner after one phone call. Thirty minut... Read More...

Blue Grade

Close to town (only five- to ten-minute drive) with nice views down on the town of Wenatchee, over the Rocky Reach Dam, at Burch Mountain, up the Columbia River. Maps: View our topo map (8.5’x11” portrai... Read More...

The Waters of Omak Lake

Attractions. It’s a lake of distinctions and surprises. It’s the longest natural lake in Okanogan County. It’s the largest saline lake in Washington State. It’s a tropical blue lake surrounded by a brown desert... Read More...

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