The map on the left shows the outline of the Wenatchee National Forest. With an area of 1,735,394 acres (2,711.55 sq mi), the Wenatchee NF extends about 137 miles along the eastern slopes of the Cascade Range of Washington from the Okanogan National Forest to Gifford Pinchot National Forest. The forest is located in Chelan, Kittitas and Yakima counties. The Wenatchee National Forest is most noted for a wide range of recreation opportunities. There truly is “something for everyone” who likes to have fun in the outdoors.
The Wenatchee National Forest resources provide significant public benefits in water, forage, wildlife, habitat, wood, recreation, and minerals. While these resources are managed under the multiple use concept to provide the public with a wide variety of benefits, an important emphasis of that management is to maintain and enhance sustainable ecosystems for future generations.
The forest is very diverse – from the high, glaciated alpine peaks along the Cascade Crest and the numerous mountain ranges extending eastward from the crest, through deep, lush valleys of old growth forest, to the dry and rugged shrub-steppe country at its eastern edge. Elevations range from below 1,000 ft. to over 9,000 ft. Precipitation varies widely – from more than 70-inches along the crest to less than 10-inches at its eastern edge. This of course greatly affects the forest and vegetation types across the area.