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Extreme Hiking / Hiking in Frenchman Coulee Trail, Wenatchee, Washington USA

Trail length:
4mi/6.4km
Best hiking time:
During Spring
Wenatchee is the largest city of Chelan County, located in North Central Washington and lies on the west side of the Columbia River. The city is also known as the Apple Capital of the world, due to the valley's apple cultivations.

Frenchman Coulee is a favorite destination for rock climbers during summer. It is also a fantastic hike for those who prefer more horizontal lands. The trail is 4mi/6.4km long, out and back, about three hours hike, with minimal elevation gain. Frenchman Coulee is one of the many geological wonders in the area, caused by the big floods, after the Ice Age.

The trail leads you through the towering walls around a valley, filled with wildflowers and sage. At the beginning of the trail, you hike near a waterfall, only running during spring and there is where you find the most amazing flowers. You can hike this trail, all year round, but the best time is during spring. Frenchmans Coulee is an interesting and rewarding hike for nature enthusiasts, suitable for all skill levels.

How to Get to Destination

BY CAR FROM Seattle
145mi/233km, 2hrs 23mins
Head East on I-90 E and take exit 85 to WA-970 N towards Wenatchee. Turn left on WA-10/WA-970 and enter US-2 E/US-97 N and continue towards N Wenatchee Ave.
BY CAR FROM Wenatchee
47.7mi/76.7km, 57mins
From S Wenatchee Ave make an open right turn to enter WA-285S/Stevens St, continue towards WA-28E, turn right on WA-281S/Central Ave S, turn right to enter I-90W to Seattle, take exit 143 to Silica Rd, turn right on Silica Rd SW and left on Vantage Rd and leave your car to the parking area on the right .
BY AIR
Sea-Tac International Airport,
146mi/235km from Wenatchee Town
BY TRAIN

From downtown Seattle, not far from the airpor, the King Street Train Station is a perfect way to get to Wenatchee. The station offers an enclosed waiting area, with restrooms, ATM and a ticket office. It is located on 303 South Jackson Street.

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