Wenatchee Forest North of Ellensburg

Wenatchee National Forest

Heading north from Ellensburg and winding up into the hills, I drove up into Wenatchee National Forest on Reecer Creek Road — which, surprisingly, was a single lane paved road! See in Google Maps See on a USGS topographic map See in Google Earth 47.1707, -120.5918 

Reecer Creek Road - Single Lane PavementReecer Creek Road - Reecer Canyon

Table Mountain

It was fascinating to see, two years later, the landscape transformed by the huge 2012 Table Mountain forest fire. The majority of the trees were dead, but the wildflowers were fantastic! See in Google Maps See on a USGS topographic map See in Google Earth 47.2711, -120.5832 

Table Mountain - Sign: "Caution - Trees May Fall"Table Mountain - Burnt TreesTable Mountain - Burnt Trees - WildflowersLiberty Beehive Road - WildflowersBurnt Trees and WildflowersWild Roses

Lion Rock

Nice big grassy camping area here, and nearby views. See in Google Maps See on a USGS topographic map See in Google Earth 47.2512, -120.5887 

Table Mountain - Riders Cabin - IntersectionTable Mountain - Road South of Lion Rock - WildflowersTable Mountain - Lion Rock Spring Campground - SportsmobileTable Mountain - Lion RockTable Mountain - Lion Rock

Haney Meadow

Lush green meadow here. See in Google Maps See on a USGS topographic map See in Google Earth 47.3118, -120.5321 

Haney MeadowHaney Meadow - Sign: "Ellensburg", "Wenatchee"

Liberty-Beehive Road

Views into Wenatchee. See in Google Maps See on a USGS topographic map See in Google Earth 47.3154, -120.4933 

Liberty Beehive Road - SportsmobileLiberty Beehive Road (aerial photo)Liberty Beehive RoadLiberty Beehive RoadLiberty Beehive Road - North of Mission Peak - Sportsmobile

Several little reservioir lakes are in easy walking distance of Beehive Mountain. See in Google Maps See on a USGS topographic map See in Google Earth 47.3326, -120.3972 

H H Reservoir

Jumpoff Ridge & Harriets Peak Lookout Tower

Jumpoff Ridge - PowerlinesJumpoff Ridge - In Memory of Merle KelloggJumpoff Ridge - In Memory of Merle KelloggJumpoff Ridge - Harriets Peak Lookout TowerJumpoff Ridge - Harriets Peak Lookout TowerJumpoff Ridge - Powerline BuildingJumpoff Ridge - Powerline Building - No Trespassing Sign

Naneum Ridge

I tried to reach Naneum Point and Wenatchee Mountain, but near the ridge top I was frustrated by snow not yet melted. I finally managed to get to Naneum Point by taking another road on the southwest slope. See in Google Maps See on a USGS topographic map See in Google Earth 47.2633, -120.3925 

Snow - Naneum Ridge - Naneum Ridge Road - SportsmobileNaneum Ridge - View Southwest - SportsmobileNaneum Ridge - Naneum Point - Lookout Tower SiteNaneum Ridge - SportsmobileNaneum Ridge - Fallen Tree - Sportsmobile

Judy's Tamarack Park

An unusual variety of big old trees here, including tamarack, Douglas fir, alpine fir, aspen, and lodgepole pine. See in Google Maps See on a USGS topographic map See in Google Earth 47.2259, -120.3747 

Naneum Ridge - Judy's Tamarack Park - SignNaneum Ridge - Judy's Tamarack Park - TreesNaneum Ridge - Judy's Tamarack Park - TreesNaneum Ridge - Judy's Tamarack Park - SportsmobileNaneum Ridge - Sign - A Sportsman Leaves a Clean Camp

Naneum Area

Dawson - Canyon Road - CowsNaneum - View of EllensburgNaneum - WindmillsNaneum - View of EllensburgCamping - Sportsmobile

Locked In

Trying to leave the forest and return to pavement, I somehow found myself locked in — on the wrong side of various gates. At Schnebly Road, I managed to drive around this gate. See in Google Maps See on a USGS topographic map See in Google Earth 47.1238, -120.4254 

Schnebly Road - Locked Gate - SportsmobileSchnebly Road - Locked Gate - Driving Around - SportsmobileSchnebly Road - Locked Gate - Sportsmobile