3 Family-Friendly Hikes
3 Family-Friendly Hikes near Wenatchee/Leavenworth
The area around the Wenatchee River has much more to offer than just phenomenal whitewater rafting. It is also home to some fabulous hikes for adventurers of all ages and abilities. In fact, there are a number of great family-friendly hikes along the river that would be a wonderful addition to your family’s rafting trip on the Wenatchee.
Tumwater Pipeline Trail:
This trail allows hikers to experience the breath-taking scenery of a deep canyon along the mighty Wenatchee River. The added excitement of this hike lies in the abandoned pipeline and power plant from the Great Northern Railway. Make sure to check out the old iron bridge that extends across the river and offers marvelous views of the Wenatchee. This hike has something for everyone and the whole family is sure to love this little glimpse of Washington’s history.
Horan Natural Area:
Located within Wenatchee Confluence State Park, this loop has very minimal elevation gain but boasts 2.5 miles of quiet, calming scenery to stroll through. This area is where the Wenatchee River flows into the vast Columbia River. Children will have a blast searching for birds, muskrats and all of the other wildlife that take advantage of the oasis that is the Horan Natural Area.
Little Wenatchee Gorge:
This hike follows 3 miles round-trip along the Little Wenatchee River as the water flows over rapids and rocks. The dramatic gorge is sure to be a sight the whole family will love, and the short distance and low elevation gain makes it a perfect hike for kids.
Make sure to check out these hikes next time you and your family are out on the Wenatchee with Blue Sky!