Penstock Trail #6706


This short and easy trail has good views of the Wenatchee River and access to small, sandy beaches. This stretch of river may contain strong currents and rapids, so swimming is not advised. The trail begins by crossing a bridge deck consisting of the bottom half of the pipeline which supplied water to turbines used to power trains through the old Cascade Tunnel.  The trail follows the Wenatchee River for 1.2 miles and ends at a collapsed tunnel that the pipeline traveled through.

At a Glance

Reservations: No reservations required for use of this facility.
Area Amenities: Toilets,Parking
Fees No fees are required for use of this facility and trail.
Permit Info: No permits or passes are required for the use of this trail.
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: May - October
Busiest Season: July - September
Restrictions: Hiker only trail.
Closest Towns: Leavenworth, WA is 1.7 miles east on Highway 2.
Water: No drinking water available. River is accessible.
Restroom: Restrooms are available at the trailhead
Passes: No passes required.

General Information


The trail begins at the Penstock Trailhead located 1.7 miles West of Leavenworth on the South side of Highway 2 and ends at a rockfall blocking the old pipeline tunnel.

General Notes:

Green Trails Map - #178 Leavenworth

USGS Map - Leavenworth, WA


Parking available for approx. 20 vehicles.  No trailer turnaround.

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Toilets 2 stall vault toilet.
Parking Parking for approx. 20 vehicles