Special Places


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Wheelchair Accessible Trails

Wheelchair at Washington Pass Viewpoint

Highlighted Areas

Boulder Barrier Free Trail

The Boulder Barrier Free Trail is a loop trail that begins at Boulder Cave picnic area shelter

Icicle Gorge Loop Trail #1596

This valley-bottom trail, which follows through old-growth timber, has easy grades along both sides of Icicle Creek. The trail is 3.9 miles long, and there are educational interpretive signs located at regular intervals along the length of the trail. Icicle Gorge Loop Trail is a designated hiker-only trail. It begins at the Icicle Gorge Trailhead, which is near Chatter Creek Campground and guard station, and passes Rock Island Campground at about 2.0 miles.

Echo Ridge Trail #1290-1291

The Echo Ridge Trail System contains over 26 miles of trails intertwined with roads. Originally designed for Nordic skiing and snowshoeing in the wintertime, hiking and mountain biking are popular activities spring through fall on Echo Ridge trails. There are wide, easy trails suitable for all ages, and highly technical single track trails for the more adventurous. You will travel over open ridge tops through a young, emerging forest recovering from a 1968 wildfire. Expect to see great views of Lake Chelan, the Cascades, Okanogan Highlands, and Columbia Plateau. Trail difficulty varies from “easy” trails to “most difficult,” but most trails are suitable for children. These trails are maintained annually. Ski trail conditions can be found at Lake Chelan Nordic Club

MAP of Echo Ridge Summer Trails - Hiking / Mountain Biking [PDF: 200 kb]

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MAP of Echo Ridge Nordic Trails [PDF: 800 kb]

Black Pine Lake Campground

Majestic landscape views. Boat launch, fishing, two floating docks. Interpretive accessible trail. Wildlife viewing. Picnic area for up to 12 people. Maximum length of site is 30 feet. Camp Hosts on site during the summer months.  

Boulder Cave Trail

The Boulder Cave Trail begins at the parking lot of the picnic area and climbs gradually for 3/4 of a mile and then descends to the cave entrance.  The trail then leads 400' through the cave and then climbs steeply out of the canyon to the main trail.  There are interpretive signs along the trail explaining the geology of the area, plants, animals, and fire history. 

Washington Pass Observation Site

Short paved fully accessible trail to a stunning view of Liberty Bell Mountain, Early Winters Spires and Kangaroo Ridge.

Rainy Lake Trail #310

This forested trail is fully accessible. This is an easy, paved trail with no elevation gain. The trail leaves the parking lot and contours around a sidehill to reach the north end of Rainy Lake, where the trail ends at the paved picnic spot with benches. High cliffs surround the lake, with waterfalls cascading down to the lake. In the fall, the golds and reds of the changing shrubs and trees are spectacular. The walk to the lake takes only 20 minutes and is a refreshing break for those driving the North Cascades Highway. This trail gets heavy use. Visitors should be careful to stay on the trail to avoid damaging fragile areas.