The idea of shoreline trails along the Columbia River has been a dream shared by many in our community for decades.
When Chelan County PUD completed the five-mile trail system along the Wenatchee riverfront in 1990, our valley came alive with a new focus and appreciation for the river. The parks and trails have added much to our quality of living.
The Douglas County side of the trail was opened in October 1994, completing the Apple Capital Recreation Loop Trail (Loop Trail), the longest loop trail in Washington State. The loop trail traverses more than ten miles of Columbia River shorelands. The west side of the Loop Trail features a state‑of‑the‑art urban waterfront park system complemented by the rich diversity of natural habitat offered by the east side shoreline Loop Trail area.
Since completion in 1994, the Loop Trail has been a resounding success. The Loop Trail has become a major transportation corridor that serves thousands of commuter and recreational trail users each year. The Loop Trail system can at times be busy with cyclists, walkers, joggers, and skaters. In the winter months, cross country skiers and snowshoers also share the Loop Trail.
Regardless of whether you are bicycling, walking, jogging, skating or skiing, your trip will be safer and more enjoyable for all if you observe trail etiquette.
The Loop Trail Advisory Committee (Loop T.A.C.) was formed to allow the independent managing agencies to manage the Loop Trail cooperatively and consistently. All managing agencies are represented through the Loop T.A.C., which also includes representatives from local law enforcement agencies, the Wenatchee Reclamation District, two “Special Interest Organization” representatives and two “Special Perspective/Trail User at Large” representatives.
The Loop Trail currently involves six managing agencies. For more information regarding the Loop Trail you may contact the following:
Chelan County PUD
Eastmont Metropolitan Parks & Recreation
City of East Wenatchee
Washington State Parks - Eastern Region office
Washington State Department of Transportation
City of Wenatchee Parks and Recreation