You can never run out of things to do in Wenatchee, WA – even when you’re looking for activities you can enjoy with your pet. With dog-friendly trails threading the foothills of The Cascades and pet-welcoming urban parks by the Columbia and Wenatchee Rivers, this gem among communities in Chelan County is a place where you can live to the fullest, favorite furry friend at your side.
As can be expected in the Pacific Northwest, outdoor recreation is one thing the Wenatchee lifestyle is about. Here are a few places both you and your pet can enjoy a day out (as long as you keep them on a leash!).
Apple Capital Loop Trail
Wenatchee is proud to be the “Apple Capital of the World,” hence the name of the city’s main park and trail system. Covering 22 miles on both sides of the Columbia River, the Apple Capital Recreation Loop links several parks, including the Wenatchee Riverfront Park, the Walla Walla Point Park, the Horan Nature Area, and the Wenatchee Confluence State Park.
There are ample areas for swimming, boating, camping, and picnicking, as well as fields, courts, and playgrounds. For spending a few hours in the sun with your pet, there are 10 miles of paved trails and a selection of grassy areas for a good old game of fetch.
A 30- to 40-minute drive from Wenatchee proper, Burch Mountain offers a Beginner’s Route that could make for an easy and picturesque dog-friendly hike. An extended 9.2-mile trail is more challenging but could be appealing for backpackers and campers – and for sightseers seeking the rivers and city sprawled down below.
Birding and hiking (and probably meeting other dogs) are some things to do in this popular Wenatchee, WA destination that’s only 20 minutes from town. Depending on your fitness level, alpine Clara Lake can be the endpoint of your hike – about a 2.8-mile round-trip through shady woods — or the starting point for a larger one.
Clara Lake is on the way to Mission Peak, an unparalleled vantage point some 6,000 feet above the Columbia River. The challenging trek can pay off: from here, you can watch the sun set, or rise, over communities ranging from Quincy to Leavenworth. You and your dog can even spot Mount Rainier on a clear day.
One great thing about Wenatchee is that there aren’t only pet-friendly parks; there is even a park designed for your pets.
Donated to the city in 2013, Hale Park features the first public off-leash dog park in the area. The site follows a nationwide trend giving dogs their very own public playground – equipped with obstacle courses, water stations, and other amenities – where their owners can also socialize.
Located on the southern tip of the Apple Capital Recreation Loop, Hale Park also offers a skate park, a children’s play area, and a picnic shelter.
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